St Nicholas' Church, Littleborough, Nottinghamshire

Address: Littleborough Road, Littleborough, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0HD
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A church built on Roman remains

This tiny Norman church lies down a quiet country lane, close to the Trent. It stands near the site of an old Roman fort – they built a military station here by the stone causeway across the river, both now long gone.

Roman brick and tile have been used in its walls recalling the empire that brought its civilisation to England almost two thousand years ago. Look out for the Roman 'herring-bone’ design in the masonry.

The simple two-cell stone building probably belongs to the second half of the 11th-century. The Norman doorway and massive chancel arch are particularly interesting, the latter incorporating two smaller Saxon pillars.

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Road directions

8 miles east of Retford off A620; at village of North Wheatley take country (Roman) road to Sturton le Steeple and east to the hamlet of Littleborough

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Gainsborough Lea Road (3.6 miles)

OS Reference No.

SK 824 826

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PDF iconDerbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leciestershire and Rutland County Guide (PDF, 4.5mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leciestershire and Rutland . Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Edward Bennett (04 Apr 2011, 19:53)

    The church door was open, and the interior wafted with smoke from a nearby bonfre....delightful. I tried the little foot-blown organ, which almost works! Some inside pipes are missing and others keeling over.

  2. Steve (30 Nov 2012, 12:51)

    A truly wonderful church built in a very simple yet unusual style. I found a couple of Saxon markings carved in the stonework. Built on the site of the Roman Temple of Segelocum, it's easy to reflect on the origins of Littleborough and why it was so important to the Romans. Adjacent to the Roman Road that ran from Doncaster to Lincoln, here the Romans build a massive causeway over the river Trent.

  3. Jayne mair (03 Aug 2013, 23:46)

    This is one of my favourite churches, I used to be the choir at sturton le steeple in the 1970's, and we always loved the services held there, it had gas lamps and it was so magical especially in winter.

  4. Michael (08 Oct 2013, 19:08)

    A beautiful calm sanctuary, kept in lovely condition. The church is well off the beaten track but well worth a visit to enjoy the tranquility of the building and its surroundings.

  5. Robin Towle (16 Jan 2014, 08:33)

    A very evocative church. Like Edward, I also tried the organ, and was surprised by how pleasantly it sounded.

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St Nicholas' Church, Littleborough, Nottinghamshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.