SK8282 : Church of St Nicholas, Littleborough

taken 3 years ago, near to Littleborough, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Church of St Nicholas, Littleborough
Church of St Nicholas, Littleborough
The interior looking east with the 11th century chancel arch.
St Nicholas' church, Littleborough
The church consists of a Nave with west bellcote and Chancel, with the entrance through a West door.It is of ancient origin, although there is some doubt as to the foundation date. It is not mentioned in the Domesday Book. However, the presence of Roman bricks and Anglo-Saxon "herringbone" masonry in the external walls suggests the church predates the Norman Conquest. It may have been founded during the Roman occupation or during the Anglo-Saxon period, at which time Roman masonry was reused, a common practice. It has also been suggested that the church was founded by William the Conqueror, who held a manor at Mansfield.

The church was little altered during succeeding centuries, although the bells are thought to have been added in 1200 and 1350.

The church was restored in 1832, at which point the vestry was added. Further restorations were carried out in 1900 and 1973. The church was placed in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust in 1993.

The font appears medieval but is actually 17th century with heraldic symbols such as a fleur-de-lis painted on the lid.

The chancel arch is 11th century, believed to have been built around the time of the Norman Conquest although it bears none of the typical decoration of later Norman arches such as zigzag patterns. The chancel arch pillars have carved capitals and are thought to date back to Anglo-Saxon times.

The small organ has only one manual and four stops.
The piscina is 14th century.

The church is 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
Sunday, 28 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 2 October, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Period (from Tags)
11th Century 
Style (from Tags)
Former (from Tags)
Parish Church 
Primary Subject of Photo
Church Interior 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8245 8261 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:20.0391N 0:45.7994W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8245 8261
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Church Nave  The Churches Conservation Trust 

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