Mansfield Church is completely different to the big cathedrals and churches you may see in the UK. Outside it has an old façade of wonderful neo-Norman architecture. Think old, worn stone slabs covered in green moss. Inside, it resembles a more modern construction, owing most likely to the relatively recent renovation and restorations that went on in the 1990’s.
Noted local artist Phoebe Anna Traquair was responsible for much of the internal decoration of the church, and the restoration of her 1890’s work is impeccable. The Church’s art is based more around painted murals than any other I have seen – there is less focus on glass work and sculpture at this church. The church is now very much a memorial to Traquair's work.
A very active and certainly very helpful organisation, The Friends of Mansfield Traquair Centre, are on hand to provide free tours through the church, along with information pamphlets and advice. It is lovely to see such a dedicated band of volunteers providing such a great service. I actually visited before they had officially opened for the day, but was welcomed with open arms.
So for art lovers, the Mansfield church provides a great chance to see the work of a famous artist, in Phoebe Traquair, in addition to a lovely church with different characteristics inside and out. Well worth a visit.