St Michael's Church, Cotham

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St Michael's Church, Cotham
A stone church with a red tiled roof seen from the southeast. It has a south porch and a louvred belfry at the west end; there is no external division between the nave and the chancel
St Michael's Church, Cotham, from the southeast
St Michael's Church, Cotham is located in Nottinghamshire
St Michael's Church, Cotham
St Michael's Church, Cotham
Location in Nottinghamshire
Coordinates: 53°01′12″N 0°49′03″W / 53.0200°N 0.8175°W / 53.0200; -0.8175
OS grid reference SK 794 476
Location Cotham, Nottinghamshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Churches Conservation Trust
Dedication Saint Michael
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 16 January 1967
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic
Groundbreaking 12th century
Completed 1890
Materials Stone, tile roofs

St Michael's Church is a redundant Anglican church in the village of Cotham, Nottinghamshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building,[1] and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[2] The church stands in an isolated position in a field, set well back from the road.[3]


St Michael's Church originated in the 12th century, with additions and alterations in the 14th and 15th centuries.[1] The tower and the west part of the nave were demolished in the later part of the 18th century.[2] The church was partly rebuilt in about 1832, and the bellcote was added in 1890.[1] Although it is now redundant, the church continues to be used occasionally for worship.[3] The church was declared redundant on 23 August 2004, and was vested in the Churches Conservation Trust on 19 December 1989.[4]



The church is constructed in coursed stone rubble with ashlar dressings, and it has a tiled roof. Its plan consists of a nave and a chancel under a single roof, a south porch, and a bellcote at the east end. The bellcote has a pyramidal roof. Along the sides of the church are buttresses. At the west end is a two-light window. The north wall contains a door and two three-light windows, and in the south wall there are four three-light windows. The east window also has three lights.[1] Some of the windows contain Decorated tracery, and in others the tracery is Perpendicular.[2] Above the entrance to the porch is a coped parapet, and a stone inscribed with 1830.[1]


Inside the church, to the east of the door is a 14th-century piscina.[1] In the west wall are five corbels. The upper two are plain and suggest the position of a former gallery. The lower three have medieval carvings of faces.[2] The font is octagonal and dates from the 14th century. Also dating from the 14th century are two memorials in the south wall that are partly hidden by the wall and the raised floor.[1]

External features[edit]

On the east side of the church is a 19th-century rubble stone wall containing iron gates and re-used 14th-century gargoyles. This is designated as a Grade II listed building.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Historic England, "Church of St Michael, Cotham (1178419)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 9 April 2015
  2. ^ a b c d St Michael's Church, Cotham, Nottinghamshire, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 29 March 2011
  3. ^ a b Saint Michael's Cotham, United Benefice of Farndon with Thorpe and Hawton with Cotham, archived from the original on 19 July 2011, retrieved 24 November 2010
  4. ^ Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham : All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2011, p. 1, retrieved 7 April 2011
  5. ^ Historic England, "Wall, gates and gargoyles to Church of St Michael, Cotham (1046030)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 9 April 2015