Church of the Month

Categories: Church of the Month

The featured church for April 2017 is St Mary the Virgin and All Souls, Bulwell, on the north side of Nottingham.

The church comprises a clerestoried nave with north and south aisles, south porch, chancel with vestry on the north, and a west tower. It was designed in Gothic Revival style by the Derby architect, H. I. Stevens, and built in 1849-50 by James Hall of Nottingham. It replaced the medieval church which was located 30 m to the north.

The westernmost two bays of the church are now occupied by the West Room and Upper Hall (created in 1978 to provide meeting rooms) together with a kitchen, toilets and facilities for the disabled.

Interior features of interest include the altar, which is of Derbyshire alabaster, and a reredos of Italian alabaster depicting the Crucifixion that dates from 1900. The impressive pulpit is made of Caen stone. The St George Chapel at the east end of the south aisle has a reredos and altar carved by Robert Thompson, the ‘Mouseman’ of Kilburn, North Yorkshire. This part of the church is a prayer corner for the Armed Forces and for those who have died.

Three stained glass windows in the north wall are modern, designed by a local artist, Michael Stokes. The centre window was installed in 1990 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Dunkirk Evacuation.

Further information on the church is available on the Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project website: http://southwellchurches.history.nottingham.ac.uk/bulwell-st-mary/hintro.php