A Glance at St. Luke’s

The founding

Worksop, Rhodesia, Shireoaks

Worksop is the largest town in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire, England. Its population is estimated to be 44,970. Worksop is attracting an increasing quantity of commuters to the local area because of its close proximity of Nottingham, Lincoln and Sheffield. 

Following the collapse of the coal mining industry in the 1980s, the local economy went through difficult times as it re-orientated to service industries and manufacturing. 

Rhodesia is a village located outside the town of Worksop. Rhodesia is a small ex-mining village consisting of just over three hundred houses, a pub at Woodend, one shop, a school and a village hall. Rhodesia is amongst the 30% most deprived neighbourhoods in the country. Part of the village is bordered by the Chesterfield Canal and is also adjacent to the A57. It was built in 1920 near to the small established settlement of Haggonfields to provide housing for workers from the nearby Shireoaks and Steetley pits. 

Shireoaks is a former pit village and civil parish in Nottinghamshire neighbouring Worksop. The population of the civil parish was 1,432 at the 2011 census. Shireoaks colliery was opened in 1854. It was closed on 25 May 1991.

St. Luke's Church

St Luke’s Church. A magnificent Victorian Church with Royal connections. The Church of St Luke the Evangelist at Shireoaks is one of the few churches in the country that can claim direct or indirect connection with so many people and events of historic importance. The foundation stone was laid by the then Prince of Wales, later to become Edward VII, on St Luke’s day, 18th October 1861. The same day two years later saw its dedication. Built in “High Church” style it was a present to the village by the fifth Duke of Newcastle-Under-Lyne. 

The Duke was the owner of the colliery in the village and commissioned the architect Thomas Chambers Hind to build a church for his colliers who “badly want it”. St Luke’s day remained important in the early life of the church. The patron died on this day in 1864, following which much of the elaborate decoration and windows were added. 

These additions being completed also on that day in 1865. Now a Grade II listed building a Heritage Lottery Grant was awarded (February 2000) to fund urgent repairs.


High church style, wrought iron screen, Altar, Tower ceiling, Chanel ceiling …

War Memorial

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