Church Micro 6359...Hoveringham
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St Michael’s Church contains an effigy of Sir Robert Goushill, whose ancestor was the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1280, and a fine tympanum.
It is claimed that there was a church in Hoveringham from around 950 AD. This is based on the date of the Tympanum removed from the original church on the site and now sited over the door of the present building. However, if it accepted that this is in the Urnes style, then a date of the second half of the 11th century would be more accurate.
The Domesday Book records a ‘priest with a church’, and 16 dwellings, a total of about 60-70 people.
Sometime around 1140 the church and all its property was given by Ralph of Hoveringham to Thurgarton Priory, which retained it until the suppression of 1538, when Trinity College Cambridge ‘received it’ from Henry VIII. Ralph was the son of Walter de Aincourt the founder of the Priory.
In the 14th century the church was replaced with a larger building of stone with transepts. A square tower to house three bells was added later. In the 1790s a lead covered spire was added. There are photographs of this building in the present church.
In 1718 a parochial visitation order and certificate stated that the following work was to be carried out by curate and churchwardens: outer walls to be repaired; roofs windows and pavements to be repaired where wanting; walls to be repaired with lime and hair inside; porch to be repaired; old seat to be repaired or pulled down; roof, windows, pavement and outer walls of the chancel to be repaired, especially the east wall which is to be repaired with lime and hair; chancel to be whitewashed.
In February 1795, flooding in the area saw the River Trent rise by sixteen feet. The whole village, including the church, was flooded to a depth of several feet.
By the early 1860s the church was in poor condition leading to the decision to demolish it and build the present 200-seat building. Much of the stone removed from the demolished church was in 1903 recorded as being used for ornamental work in the gardens of surrounding houses. The walls may not have been completely removed: the north wall in particular is said to have been reduced only to the sill level of the present windows and then faced externally with brick, but there is no visible evidence for this.
The architect of the new church was William Knight of Nottingham, who completed the building between 1865/67. In 1905 a hall was built adjoining the church, largely due to the efforts of the Rev. Glasford.
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