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All Saints, West Markham, Nottinghamshire

(53°14′43″N, 0°55′10″W)
West Markham
SK 722 726
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Nottinghamshire
now Nottinghamshire
  • Simon Kirsop
1 June 2005

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West Markham,or Markham Clinton is a village in the Bassetlaw district of the county, 10 miles SE of Worksop. The church is to the N of the village centre. It is built of a mixture of red brick, coursed rubble, ashlar, render and some timber framing, and consists of an aisleless nave and chancel, with a W bell turret.

Portions of the fabric of the church are 11thc and 12thc, and there is a portion of exposed herringbone masonry in the S wall of the nave. The windows are of 14th century and later date. An extensive restoration was carried out 1930-45. The Romanesque features are the 2 S doorways and the font together with two loose pieces of sculpture.

To the S of the church is the Milton Mausoleum,


Before the Conquest Godric held 4 bovates in West Markham,which passed to Roger de Bully after the Conquest, when Claron held it from him. In West Markam too there were lands of which the soke was held by other manors; 6 bovates belonging to Tuxford, and 1 bovate each to Grove, Eaton and West Drayton. Though West Markham is mentioned in the Domesday survey under the lands of Roger de Bully there is no mention of a church.


Exterior Features




Loose Sculpture


When Cox saw the church in 1911 it was in an ‘odious and scandalous condition’ and has now been very well and sympathetically restored.

Pevsner says the font is ‘of unusual interest’ and cites examples at Hereford, Newnham Redcombe and Stanley St Leonard in Gloucestershire, Stoneleigh in Warwickshire, Pershore, Worcestershire and the lead fonts at Ashover, Derbyshire and Dorchester, Oxfordshire. Its dating could well be towards the end of the 11th century. It is unclear who the figures are meant to represent. Number 7 above would see to be a robed figure holding a child though the child appears as a disembodied head on the figure's lap, the remainder of its body being apparently covered by the robed right arm of the figure.

The shaft fragment appears not to be another pillar piscina, but a shaft with integral capital and base, possibly a support for an altar.


J C Cox, County Churches: Nottinghamshire. London 1912, 142-3 (as Markham Clinton)

Historic England Listed Building: English Heritage Legacy ID: 420428

N Pevsner and E Williamson: The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire. 2nd Ed. Harmondsworth 1979 Reprinted (with corrections)1997, 375

R. Thoroton, Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire, Nottingham 1796,3, 226-229.