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St Nicholas, Littleborough, Nottinghamshire

(53°20′2″N, 0°45′50″W)
SK 824 826
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Nottinghamshire
now Nottinghamshire
  • Simon Kirsop
1 June 2005

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Littleborough is a hamlet in Nottinghamshire, 8 miles E of Retford, near to the River Trent which forms the Lincolnshire border. The church consists of an aisleless nave and chancel with a vestry on the N side. The fabric of the church is largely Romanesque and there are portions of herringbone masonary, for instance in the vestry. The church was restored in 1900. It was vested in the Churches Conservation Trust in 1993. The Romanesque features recorded here are the plain W doorway, the chancel arch and the font.


Littleborough is the site of the Roman town of Segelocum and a few Roman tiles appear in the fabric of the church. It was assessed at 4 bovates in 1086 and belonged to the king. In 1191 the church and a large amount of pasture land belonging to the manor were given to the monks of Welbeck Abbey.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




Pevsner remarks that chancel arch profile and the jamb profile are strangely out of keeping. It is certainly the case that the scale of the chancel arch seems out of keeping with so modest a building. The simplified Corinthianesque chancel arch capitals suggest an late-11thc date, as does the thick roll on the arch face.


J C Cox, County Churches: Nottinghamshire, London 1912, 138.

H. J. Griffin, 'Littleborough Church', Transactions of the Thoroton Society, Vol. 13 (1909), 33-36

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

London 1979 Reprinted (with corrections)1997, 166.

Victoria County History: Nottinghamshire, 2 (1910), 129-38 (on Welbeck)