SK8282 : Church of St Nicholas, Littleborough

taken 4 years ago, near to Littleborough, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Church of St Nicholas, Littleborough
Church of St Nicholas, Littleborough
14th century ogee piscina in the chancel.
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
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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 
Primary Subject of Photo
Church Detail 
Period (from Tags)
14th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8245 8261 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:20.0391N 0:45.7994W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8245 8261
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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