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All Saints, South Leverton, Nottinghamshire

(53°19′15″N, 0°49′28″W)
South Leverton
SK 784 811
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Nottinghamshire
now Nottinghamshire
  • Simon Kirsop
  • Simon Kirsop
28 June 2004

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The church consists of chancel, nave, aisles, S porch and W tower. The Romanesque elements recorded here are the S doorway, portions of the tower and possibly the font. The Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project notes an interesting fragment of a tomb effigy in the vestry, which we hope to record later.


There was originally a Saxon church on the site. William Rufus gave the church to the church of St Mary in Lincoln. It was later appropriated to the deanery of Lincoln. Nothing of the Saxon church remains. Portions of the tower and the S doorway and the font are all that remains of the Norman structure. The nave and its arcades are about 1220 as is the chancel, the latter was rebuilt with 3 lancet windows in 1868. The S aisle dates to about 1300 whilst the N to about 1340. In addition to the work on the chancel the church was restored in 1847 and 1897.


Exterior Features






The chevrons on the S doorway are very reminiscent of those on the W doorways at Worksop. The use of moulded capitals in the doorway and bell openings places both features c.1200. The tub font, with its octagonal shaft, could be 15thc, as suggested by the list description, although the form of the tub itself looks late 12thc. This is the view taken by the Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project.

  1. A. E. Clarke, South Leverton. Transactions of the Thoroton Society, Vol. 13 (1909), 36–38.

  1. J. C. Cox, County Churches: Nottinghamshire, London, 1912, 137.

Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 411068

N Pevsner and E Williamson, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire. 2nd Ed.

Harmondsworth 1979. Reprinted (with corrections) 1997, 315-16.

  1. R. Thoroton, Thoroton’s History of Nottinghamshire, 3 vols, ed. J. Throsby, Nottingham 1796, 3, 270-72.

Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project, South Leverton