Church of the Month

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111_1163The featured church for January 2015 is St Peter’s church, Awsworth.

The church consists of nave, chancel and vestry. Part of a 19th century schoolroom is incorporated into the north of the building.

The original chapel was built in 1746 and was described by William Stretton in 1819 as ‘a plain, low, oblong brick chapel, with a tiled roof, and a small wooden cupola, with one bell.’

Work on building a new church started in late 1901. Architectural drawings by Naylor & Sale of Derby show the church was originally intended to have a north-west tower, nave, north aisle and chancel. The nave was the first phase of the rebuilding scheme and was opened in 1902. It is built of red brick with stone dressings and consists of three bays. It has been described by Pevsner as ‘a nice example of the free treatment of Gothic about 1900 … which as a rule is found so much more frequently in Nonconformist chapels than in churches.’

However, insufficient funding meant only part of the rebuilding scheme was realised. Instead of a new chancel the eastern end of the 18th century chapel was retained to serve as a chancel. Although badly affected by mining subsidence the ‘temporary’ chancel survived until 1957 when it was demolished and replaced by a new brick chancel and vestry.

Neither the tower nor the north aisle were ever built and the north arcade remains blocked to this day.

See the entry for Awsworth on the Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project website for further information.