The village by the loud stream, Lowdham, is a small village located between Nottingham and Southwell in Nottinghamshire, England. With a population of just under 2000, it’s a peaceful residential village, and like most of Nottinghamshire, it comes with a history in English industry.
Almost anywhere you go in Nottinghamshire you will find medieval history. Whether this is in the buildings, in the names of places, or even in the surviving family lines living in the area. Lowdham is no exception, and it has its place in history as a medieval settlement, as well as playing a part in the industrial revolution hundreds of years later.
One of the earliest buildings found in Lowdham, is St. Mary’s Church, which dates back to before the 13th century. The church land dates back as far as 1100, and the actual structure was built over time in different sections, with the tower, and the main body actually starting as different buildings. The church is praised among architectural and historical circles, for its simplicity in beauty. The chancel is long and spacious and the church itself receives a lot of natural interior light, something that’s often lost in churches that use stained glass windows. The church today is owned by the Church of England, and used for normal services, but also attracts historical tourists wishing to view the structure. Because of its historical significance, the church is listed as a Grade I protected building.
During the industrial revolution and subsequent decades, Lowdham had a significant textiles industry. In 1844, there were 94 stocking frames operating in the village, however there is little evidence left over as the town has modernized and adapted to post-revolution England. The main industries surrounding the village now are mostly based on agriculture and farming.
Today, Lowdham is a village town serving the rural community around it. The village centre has no less than four pub establishments, and is easily accessible from Nottingham City, and the surrounding regions. With its friendly village centre, historical buildings, and picturesque countryside, Lowdham is a fine example of the small English village.
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