St Peter, Laneham, Nottinghamshire

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Feature Sets (4)


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.


Laneham is mentioned in the Domesday Survey in the lands of the Archbishop of York and as having a church and priest.


Exterior Features


S doorway

Round headed of three orders. Much restored, part of the impost of the second order on W side missing.

h. of opening 2.40 m
w. of opening 1.22 m
First order

Plain and continuous with an angle roll.

Second order

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.

Third order

As second order with no major losses to the sculpture.

Hollow chamfered label with quatrefoil flowers in the chamfer. No label stops.

Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

Chancel arch

Round headed, of two orders to the W, one to the E.

h. of S capital 0.21 m
w. of opening 3.43 m
w. of S capital 0.31 m
First order

Plain square jambs and arch with plain chamfered imposts between.

Second order, W

Engaged (coursed) nook shafts.

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.



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
h. 0.61 m
Thickness of rim 0.10 m


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.
General view of church from N.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SK 808 764 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Nottinghamshire
now: Nottinghamshire
medieval: York
now: Southwell and Nottingham
medieval: St Peter
now: St Peter
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Simon Kirsop