"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]
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:
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.