St Mary, Car Colston, Nottinghamshire

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The church consists of a chancel, N and S aisles, nave and W tower and S porch. The earliest part of the existing structure is the lower part of the tower, which is 13thc., the remainder of the tower being Perp faced with Ancaster stone. The chancel and nave date from the 14thc. There is a very fine 14thc. piscina and sedilia on the S side of the chancel. The font is the only Romanesque feature.


There was a berewick of the king's manor of Orston here in 1086. Roger de Bully's man Roger had a further holding, and Walkelin held land here from Walter d'Aincourt. There is no mention of of either a church or a priest in any of these holdings.




Situated beside the W pillar of the N aisle. A plain lead-lined cylindrical sandstone tub sitting on a cylindrical base of ashlar stones integral with the pillar and a square plinth, both of later date. Roll moulding round the outer rim, damaged and repaired on the W side. A crack running round the middle has been repaired with lead. Chisel marks on rim.

ext. diameter of tub 0.75 m
h. (incl. circular base) 0. 91 m
h. of tub (excl. circular base) 0.51 m
int. diam. of tub 0.65 m


Both the base of the font and the pillar have remains of plastering and paint indicating the font has been situate in its current position for a considerable period of time, perhaps since the 14thc. Blagg dates the font to around 1130.


  • Anonymous, Car Colston St Mary, n.p., n.d.
  • T. C. Blagg, 'Car Colston', Transactions of the Thoroton Society, 74 (1970), 62-81.
  • N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire, 2nd ed., London, 1979. Reprinted (with corrections)1997, 90.


Site Location
Car Colston
National Grid Reference
SK 720 430 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Nottinghamshire
now: Nottinghamshire
medieval: York
now: Southwell and Nottingham
now: St Mary
medieval: St Mary
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Simon Kirsop