Nottingham's Historical Churches (Self Guided), Nottingham

Nottingham boasts a multitude of beautiful historic churches, some of which date back to medieval times and the Norman Conquest. Take this walking tour to visit a few of the most famous and spectacular churches in Nottingham.
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Nottingham's Historical Churches Map

Guide Name: Nottingham's Historical Churches
Guide Location: England » Nottingham (See other walking tours in Nottingham)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 Km or 4 Miles
Author: StaceyP
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. Stephens Church
  • St. Mary's Church
  • St. George in the Meadows
  • St. Nicholas Church
  • St. Peter's Church
  • St. Barnabas Cathedral
  • All Saints' Church
  • St. Andrew's Church
St. Stephens Church

1) St. Stephens Church

St. Stephen's Church, Sneinton is Grade II listed by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport as it is a building of special architectural or historic interest. The church dates back to medieval times, and was served from Lenton Priory. From the Dissolution of the Monasteries the church was served mostly by clergy from St. Mary's Church, Nottingham until it became a parish is its own right in 1866.

The current building dates from 1837 and it was designed by Thomas Rickman and built by W. Surplice of Nottingham. It was one of the earliest Gothic Revival buildings in Nottinghamshire. It is a Commissioners' church, having been given a grant towards the cost of its construction by the Church Building Commission; the full cost of the church was £4,511 (£320,000 as of 2012), towards which the Commission granted £1,303. The reredos to the high altar was designed by George Frederick Bodley and carved in Oberammergau. It features scenes from the life of Christ. The choir stalls date from the fourteenth or fifteenth century and were originally from St. Mary's Church, Nottingham. They were acquired by the organist of St. Stephen's in 1848. They contain fine medieval misericords which have carved figures.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Mary's Church

2) St. Mary's Church (must see)

The Church of St Mary the Virgin is the oldest religious foundation in Nottingham, the largest church after the Roman Catholic Cathedral and the largest medieval building in Nottingham. It is situated on High Pavement at the heart of the historic Lace Market district and is also known as St Mary's in the Lace Market. The main body of the present building (at least the third on the site) dates from the end of the reign of Edward III (1377) to that of Henry VII (1485–1509). The nave was finished before 1475 and it is notable for its uniformity of gothic perpendicular style. The bronze doors of the church were designed in 1904 by Henry Wilson in memory of his father-in-law Francis Morse.

The church has a fine collection of late Victorian stained glass windows by many famous makers, including Kempe, Burlison and Grylls and Hardman & Co.. It is also known for its octagonal medieval font with a palindromic Greek inscription NIΨONANOMHMATAMHMONANOΨIN (Wash my transgressions, not only my face), and a rather battered alabaster tomb fragment which portrays a lily crucifix and a Nottingham Alabaster panel depicting Archbishop Thomas Becket.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. George in the Meadows

3) St. George in the Meadows

St George in the Meadows is Grade II listed by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport as it is a building of special architectural or historic interest. The nave of the church was opened for worship in 1888 and was designed by Richard Charles Sutton. The chancel was added in 1897 designed by George Frederick Bodley and the Lady Chapel in 1911. The church is located in the Meadows area of Nottingham.

The parish merged with that of St. John the Baptist's Church, Leenside, Nottingham when that church was demolished after damage during the Second World War. The church supports the work of Forward in Faith and is under the pastoral care of the Bishop of Beverley. The organ was built by J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd in 1895 and the case was designed by George Frederick Bodley. The specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Nicholas Church

4) St. Nicholas Church

St. Nicholas Church, or St Nic's, is one of the three medieval Christian foundations still existing in Nottingham. A church of St Nicholas was erected on the site of the present building in the eleventh or twelfth century. This building was destroyed after the English Civil War. The Royalists established themselves in the tower of the old church, and bombarded the garrison of the Castle. After the war, the governor of the castle, Colonel Hutchinson ordered the old church to be completely destroyed. In 1678 a new church was erected which exists to today. The Marriage, Burial and Baptism Registers begin in 1562. Other documents deeds, indentures, ecclesiastical licenses, terriers (or inventories of church property) - date from 1671. The Vestry Books contain accounts of elections and church meetings from I 703 onwards. The first organ was erected in1811 listed in the church inventory among other items - " one organ with rods and curtains, two bassoons and a serpent."
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Peter's Church

5) St. Peter's Church

St Peter's Church is one of the three medieval parish churches in Nottingham. The parish of St. James' Church, Standard Hill, founded in 1807 was united with St Peter's in 1933 and the official title "St Peter with St James" came into being. (St James's was demolished a few years later; some monuments from St James's are preserved in St Peter's). The church shows traces of many stages of construction from about 1180 onwards (the original church of around 1100 was destroyed by fire).

St Peter's is home to a flourishing musical tradition. The church boasts a new organ, a fine choir, and a popular series of Saturday morning concerts. The Organist & Director of Music since 2007 is Peter Siepmann. There is a long-standing choral tradition at St Peter's, developed by musicians such as Vincent Trivett (Organist 1906-1947) and Kendrick Partington (Organist 1957-1994). Today, the choir can be heard singing in church every Sunday, as well as in frequent concert performances.

The first organ since the Commonwealth period was installed by Lincoln in 1812. This was enlarged by Lloyd and Dudgeon in 1863 and has been adapted and restored several times since by E. Wragg & Son, Henry Willis & Sons and Hill, Norman & Beard. In 1952, much of the organ of St Columba, Mansfield Road was incorporated into the St Peter's instrument.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Barnabas Cathedral

6) St. Barnabas Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of St. Barnabas is the mother church of the Diocese of Nottingham and seat of the Bishop of Nottingham. It is located on the corner of Derby Road and North Circus Street, on the opposite side of which are the Albert Hall and the Nottingham Playhouse. It was built between 1841 and 1844, costing £15,000 (£1,210,000 as of 2012), and was first consecrated in 1844, fifteen years after the Catholic Relief Act ended most restrictions on Catholicism in the United Kingdom. A substantial amount of the cost was paid by the important Catholic Lord Shrewsbury. The architect was Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin who also designed the interior of The Houses of Parliament. It was built in the Early English Plain Gothic style, although in contrast, the Blessed Sacrament Chapel was richly decorated and Pugin’s later churches were built in that Decorated Gothic style throughout.

There are several choirs at the Cathedral under the direction of the Director of Music, Mr. Neil Page, the Full choir which consists of thirty-two adults including twelve choral scholars, and Schola Cantorum, which is the Cathedral's Chamber Choir.
Sight description based on wikipedia
All Saints' Church

7) All Saints' Church

All Saints' Church was built in 1863–64, mainly in sandstone. Along with the church, a large parsonage and a church school were built at the sole cost (some £10,000) (£740,000 as of 2012), of William Windley JP, a local philanthropist. With all of the ancillary building, the total cost was £25,000 (£1,840,000 as of 2012). The church was built in Gothic revival style to seat 500, and has a fine broach spire reaching 175 feet (53 m) tall (8th tallest building in Nottingham) and housing a ring of ten bells (the heaviest weighing 16 cwt). The architect was Thomas Chambers Hine, of Nottingham.

The church was consecrated on 3 November 1864. 1200 crammed into the 800 seats and there was a large attendance of clergy. The six bells of the church were cast by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough on an oak bell frame. At installation in 1864 this was extended to accommodate two extra bells. In 1999 the bells were tuned and hung in a new steel frame with room for 10 bells. At the same time the redundant All Saints’ School bell was installed as a Sanctus bell. The first organ was built by Lloyd and Dudgeon from Nottingham; the current organ is by Norman and Beard and dates from 1906.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Andrew's Church

8) St. Andrew's Church

St. Andrew's Church is located in the red light district of Nottingham. The building was erected in 1871, and more than 5,500 worshippers attend services here. The parish was intended to serve as a smaller companion church to St. Ann's Church, but over the years it has expanded. The interior features stained glass windows designed by Heaton, Butler and Bayne, and the organ with historic pipework dating back to the 18th century.

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