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St Michael, Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire

(53°0′8″N, 0°57′35″W)
SK 699 455
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Nottinghamshire
now Nottinghamshire
  • Simon Kirsop

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Feature Sets

This 19thc. brick church, designed by William Knight of Nottingham, consists of a chancel, nave, N porch and W bell-cote. The original medieval church was demolished in 1865, but an early 12thc. carved tympanum was reset above the N doorway.


Hoveringham was held by Swein before the Conquest, and it was assesed at 2 carucates and 2 bovaters. In 1086 it was held by Walter d'Aincourt. the Domesday Survey records a priest and a church, as well as 2 mills and 2 fisheries.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration


The tympanum was probably from the original building. It can be dated to the early 12thc. on the basis of its similarity to the one at Southwell, which is dated c.1120 (ERA).

English Romanesque Art 1066-1200. Arts Council 1984, p.165.
J. C. Cox, County Churches: Nottinghamshire. London 1912, 118.
N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire. 2nd Ed London 1979. Reprinted (with corrections) 1997, 148-49.