Building record M1585 - Church of St Michael, Cotham


CHURCH (Medieval to Late 20th Century)


Grid reference Centred SK 79423 47617 (24m by 13m)
Map sheet SK74NE
District Newark
Civil Parish Cotham, Newark


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Disused. Small, with nave and chancel under one roof. A Norman doorway of no special interest. Two [windows] with flowing, the others with Perp tracery. Inside, a crocketed C14 piscina, a C14 font, and two very damaged contemporary monuments. W turret of 1890. (1)
The church is no longer in use but remains in good condition. (2)
Built with the materials of a larger and older church. The south door and two of the windows are Dec work, the other[s] being Perp, with the exception of the E window, which is a modern one. The present porch was built in 1820, and at that time a good deal of carved work is said to have been removed from the church. (3)
This church was less frequently use at the end of the 18th century; in consequence it was reduced, and the windows were reset in the rebuilt wall. (4)
An undated reference mentions the fact that the tower was demolished early C18, the W wall being rebuilt 21ft nearer the E end. The Markham Memorials mentions a visit to the church in 1795 where they were told that the church had been altered sixty years before. If these references are correct then 1726 or soon after is the probable date of demolition of the tower and aisles. A reference in the Journal of the Master Glass Painters' (1944) states that much of the glass in the SW and NE perp windows was retained when the windows were reset. (5)
Two piles of dressed stone were investigated. The majority of worked pieces come from the jambs and mullions of windows; style mostly Decorated, several more likely to be Perpendicular, and one piece may well be Tudor. A few stones may belong to an early English phase. It is not possible to be certain about their original position, but they may have come from an arcade rather than a window or door. The oddest of the stones is No 83, a fragment of an opening with very unusual tracery. (6)
See L7821 for nearby earthworks.

Listed buildings slides, 16 slides (Photograph). SNT2648.

22/08/86, St Michael's Church (Church's Fate in the Balance) (Published document). SNT3410.

<1> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed., p 107-8 (Monograph). SNT4.

<2> Seaman BH, 1974, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1252.

<3> Thoroton Society, 1900, TTS, p 58-61 (Published document). SNT1600.

<4> Thoroton Society, 1947, TTS, p 63 (Published document). SNT362.

<5> Hornby D, 15/08/1990, A Report on the Excavation of a Small Trench in the Churchyard of St Michaels Church at Cotham in Nottinghamshire, p 9 (Unpublished document). SNT2053.

<6> Dixon P, 1991, Cotham Stones. a report on the stones found in the churchyard (Unpublished document). SNT2156.

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  • --- Photograph: Listed buildings slides. 16 slides.
  • --- Published document: 22/08/86. St Michael's Church (Church's Fate in the Balance). 1.
  • <1> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin. p 107-8.
  • <2> Personal comment: Seaman BH. 1974. Pers Comm.
  • <3> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1900. TTS. 4. p 58-61.
  • <4> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1947. TTS. 51. p 63.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Hornby D. 15/08/1990. A Report on the Excavation of a Small Trench in the Churchyard of St Michaels Church at Cotham in Nottinghamshire. p 9.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Dixon P. 1991. Cotham Stones. a report on the stones found in the churchyard.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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