Church of the Month

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St Saviour’s (in the Meadows district of Nottingham) is the featured church for July 2021.

By the mid-19th century the Meadows was a fast-growing part of Nottingham and to serve the expanding population here the rector of St Mary’s parish church established a mission church above a shop on Arkwright Street. However, a permanent church was soon needed and funds were raised to build one and the Nottingham architect, R. C. Sutton, was commissioned to design it.

The foundation stone was laid in September 1863 and the church consecrated in September 1864.

Sutton designed the church in the Gothic Revival style and it consists of chancel, vestry, nave with clerestory, north and south aisles, south-west tower with a spire.

The five-light east window is impressive and was made in two phases. The centre light depicting Christ was installed in 1893 and dedicated to the memory of Samuel and Elizabeth Rogers. The four other lights showing St Matthew, St Mark, St Luke and St John were made by the Nottingham Stained Glass Works in 1905 and commemorate a former vicar, the Rev James Given who had died the year before.

There are only two memorials to individuals in the church. One commemorates George Blackburn (died 1900), an Alderman of Nottingham and two of his sons, and Anne Billyeald (died 1902), ‘a regular worshipper at St Saviour’s church and an active worker in the parish.’

A marble war memorial to the 223 parishioners who were killed during World War I is on the south wall.

The church was re-ordered in 2011-12 when the pews were removed. In 2013 the Eden SoftPlay Centre was created in the nave and a kitchen built in the north aisle.

Further information on the church is available on the Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project website.