The Church at Cossall is dedicated to Saint Catherine, a native of Alexandria. She was both beautiful and learned. The Emperor Maxentius was very much attracted to her, but because she refused his attentions he ordered her to be tortured. She survived the torture but was then beheaded and buried on Mount Sinai.
The church is small and stands at a tight bend in the hilltop village. The entrance to the churchyard is through a traditional lychgate built as a memorial in 1928.
The original nave and chancel were built in the 13th Century with arcades built later. The south side in the 14th Century but the north side appears to be part of the 1842 alterations. There were alterations in 1718, but there were major changes in 1842-43. It is recorded that the cost was borne by the vicar the Rev Francis HEWGILL. Cossall was a parochial chapelry annexed to Wollaton and Rev Hewgill was Rector of Wollaton. The church was annexed to Wollaton until 1947. The tower is 13th Century and contains two bells in an old wooden frame, the larger of the bells is 22½" in diameter and bears the inscription T.TVRY. P SYSON. C.W. 1733. The smaller is 22" in diameter and has no inscription.
Cossall is a small village just north-east of Nottinghamshire's border with Derbyshire, in the East Midlands region of England, 133 miles north of London. It is west of Nottingham town, standing on the east bank of the River Ere Wash, just off the A6096 between Ilkeston and Kimberley; about one mile NNW of the Trowell M1 Service Station which is just to the south of Junction 26.
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Near the lychgate in the churchyard at Cossall there is an obelisk, the 'Waterloo Memorial'. It was erected to the memory of John SHAW and Richard WAPLINGTON of the Life Guards and Thomas WHEATLEY of the Light Dragoon Guards who also fought at Waterloo but survived to die an old man.
There are two Commonwealth War Graves in Saint Catherine's churchyard for World War I:
Arthur KITCHEN, priv., 3rd Btn. Training Reserve, age 19, died 25 Feb. 1917.
Alfred Guy MASTERS, gunner, 48th AA Co. Royal Garrison Artillery, age 29, died 28 Feb. 1917. Husband of Amelia MASTERS of San Francisco, Calif.
And one for World War II:
Ronald HITT, able seaman, Royal Navy (HMS Trumpeter), age 22, died 7 Dec. 1944. Husband of Phyllis HITT, of Kirk Hallam, Derbyshire.
Cossall derives from the old English combination of "Cott + halh" or "Nook of land of a man called Cott". The parish is mentioned twice in the Domesday Book (1086) as COTESHALE. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]
Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
The parish had its own almshouse built near the church. The walls of that building still stand. These were originally for "4 single poor men over 60 years of age and 4 single poor women over 55 years of age". There was an endowment of a farm at Roston and local land rents to enable the inmates to be paid £10 per year and clothe them with a new grey cloth gown worth 3d per yard every 2 years, also to supply them with 5 shillings worth of coal yearly. Lord Middleton, who until 1926 resided at Wollaton Hall, is a trustee of the Cossall Almshouses.