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"Cottam is a township and chapelry at the east end of the parish [of South Leverton], on an eminence overlooking the vale of the Trent, 7 miles east by south from Retford, and 2½ from South Leverton. The small chapel is dedicated to the Holy Trinity, in which devine service is performed once a fortnight." [White's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the East Retford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2415
1891 R.G. 12 / 2640


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Cottam area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
  • The chapel is a small and simple structure.
  • The date of construction is "early Norman".
  • The church seats 76 people.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the Lych Gate on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.
  • Jonathan THACKER also has a photograph of Holy Trinity Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1772.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Tuxford.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here about 1813.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2007.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the East Retford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Cottam is a parish, a township and a village near the River Trent on the border with Lincolnshire in the northern part of Nottinghamshire. The parish lies 8 miles east of East Retford and 127 miles north of London. The parish covers 600 acres.

The parish dominated today by a coal-fired power plant. If you are planning a visit:

  • By boat, float down the River Trent from Newark-on-Trent. After going under the A57 roadway, you only have to drift 3 miles to find Cottam on your left, just after the river loops back on itself around a small lake.
You can see pictures of Cottam which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Cottam has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Cottam to another place.


  • The Moth and Lantern Inn apparently opened for the power-plant workers in the 1960s. It stands on the northern edge of the village. Prior to 1920, the Railway Public House was the only Inn in the village.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Moth and Lantern on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK819799 (Lat/Lon: 53.309702, -0.772261), Cottam which are provided by:

Military History

  • There is a framed brass plaque in the church which is aa memorial for World War One.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient chapelry in South Leverton parish in Nottingham county, but was incorporated as a Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • In March, 1885, this parish was reduced by "Westbrecks and The Clams" and the 301 acres given to South Leverton Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.


Year Population
1861 86
1871 90
1881 107
1891 81
1901 88
1911 102
1921 103
1931 101