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St Swithun, Wellow, Nottinghamshire

(53°11′15″N, 0°59′50″W)
SK 671 661
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Nottinghamshire
now Nottinghamshire
  • Simon Kirsop
  • Simon Kirsop
2 June 2005

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Wellow is a small village in the Newark and Sherwood district of central Nottinghamshire, 11 miles NW of Newark. The church is in the village centre, and consists of a chancel, with S vestry, nave with S aisle and N porch and a tower in the W bay of the S aisle. It is constructed of coursed stone with ashlar dressings and was restored and the chancel replaced by Ewan Christian in 1878-79. Further restoration was carried out in 1968-69. The Romanesque features are the tower arch and a disused font.


According to the Domesday Survey Wellow was held by Ulf before the Conquest and by Gilbert de Ghent, Earl of Lincoln, in 1086. It was assessed at 2½ carucates. Gilbert gave Wellow to the Abbey of Rufford, which he founded.


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches




The unusual shape of the font would seem to indicate that it was at one point set into a wall. According to the churchwarden, it was originally set into the S wall of the nave between the S arcade and the N tower arch where the modern font currently in use stands.


J C Cox, County Churches: Nottinghamshire. London 1912, 228.

Historic England Listed Building: English Heritage Legacy ID: 241951

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

Harmondsworth 1979. Reprinted (with corrections) 1997, 372-73.

  1. R. Thoroton, Thoroton’s History of Nottinghamshire, 3 vols, ed. J. Throsby, Nottingham 1796, 3, 199-203.