SK8174 : Gravestones, Church of St Oswald, Dunham on Trent

taken 3 years ago, near to Dunham on Trent, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Gravestones, Church of St Oswald, Dunham on Trent
Gravestones, Church of St Oswald, Dunham on Trent
This pair commemorate (left) Mary Boswell, d. 1729, and (right) Robert Willson, d.1738 and are Listed Grade II for group value.
The name on the latter is given as Wills in the current listing description (2014), but in practice there is a small superscript 'on' above the s of Wills LinkExternal link. This was a common practice where the mason left insufficient room for complete words.
Church of St Oswald, Dunham on Trent
This consists of a 19th century nave and chancel attached to the remaining 15th century tower of the medieval church. The church was made redundant in 2011 and is showing signs of dilapidation. At the time of my visit the nave and chancel were roped off as slates were loose on the roof, re were signs indicating that the temporary barrier was due for imminent replacement by a 6 ft security fence. The future of the church is clearly at risk.

The most prominent feature of the church is the 15th century tower in Perpendicular style with its exceptionally large and ornately traceried bell-chamber openings. The body of the church was first rebuilt in the late 18th century following severe flooding, and then almost completely rebuilt in 1862 by the Nottingham architect T C Hine. Parts of the 18th century fabric remain in the south wall of the nave, The Victorian church is essentially in Decorated style.

The interior is a typical Victorian Gothic revival unity.

For more information about the church see the Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project LinkExternal link Listed Grade I.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Friday, 22 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 28 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Burial ground, Crematorium 
Period (from Tags)
Early 18th Century 
Date (from Tags)
1729  1738 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8152 7446 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:15.6533N 0:46.7625W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8152 7446
View Direction
WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Churchyard  Gravestones  Grade II Listed 

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