St Peter, Laneham, Nottinghamshire
- Site Location
- National Grid Reference
- SK 808 764
now (or name of monument): St Peter
- Type of building/monument
- Parish church
II General Description
The church consists of a chancel, nave, N aisle, S porch and W tower. Portions of the fabric of the Norman church remain with herringbone masonry evident in the walls. The N arcade is 13thc. and the S side of the chancel has a 13thc. window, whilst the straight headed window in the N wall of the chancel and those of the N aisle are 14thc. The S porch has 14thc. timbers but was rebuilt in 1923. The Romanesque features are the chancel arch and the font. The W tower, though essentially Romanesque in date, has later openings.
III Exterior Features
(i) S doorway
Plain and continuous with an angle roll.
Water holding bases on plinths. Plain en delit nook shafts. Waterleaf capitals with hollow chamfered imposts and roll neckings. The W capital and impost with a major loss to the S face. The arch has lateral face and soffit chevrons, carved point-to-point chevron, the face chevrons have a foliage infill in the triangles.
As second order with no major losses to the sculpture.
|w. of opening||1.22 m|
|h. of opening||2.40 m|
IV Interior Features
a. Apse/Chancel arches
(i) Chancel arch
Round headed, of two orders to the W, one to the E.
Second order, W
N capital: a replacement.
S captial: multi-scallp with thin, shallow cones (four on the N face and three on the W) and small shields, with an angle tuck. There is a loss at top centre of the W face. Plain necking.
The impost as the first order.
In the arch is a plain nook-roll.
|w. of opening||3.43 m|
|h. of S capital||0.21 m|
|w. of S capital||0.31 m|
A limestone, tub-shaped font located by pier 3 of the N arcade. The font has a slightly tapering form and is carved with blind arcading. This has plain bases with a torus, supporting plain, half-round shafts and bell capitals with necking. The round-headed arches have a thick roll. There is a thick, plain roll to the lip of the font, damaged on the W. Lead lined, the interior is of truncated cone form.
|Ext. diam. at rim||0.74 m|
|Thickness of rim||0.10 m|
Laneham is mentioned in the Domesday Survey in the lands of the Archbishop of York and as having a church and priest.
The chancel arch with its bold forms and fat roll moulding may date from c. 1170-90. (Ed.)
- J. C. Cox, County Churches: Nottinghamshire, London, 1912, 129.
- N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire, 2nd ed., London, 1979; reprinted (with corrections)1997, 161.