Church of the Month

Categories: Church of the Month

The featured church for October 2019 is Holy Trinity church, in Lenton on the western side of Nottingham city centre.

The church was built in 1841-2 in Early English Style and was designed by the Derby architect, H. I. Stevens.

It consists of a tall west tower with pinnacles (containing a clock), clerestoried five-bay nave, north and south aisles, north porch, chancel and vestry.

The nave arcades have tall quatrefoil piers.

The east window contains stained glass in an attractive floral design in memory of Francis Wright, the church’s founder, who donated rare trees for the churchyard. There are seven other stained glass windows including a Boer War Memorial window by Heaton, Butler and Bayne.

There is a reredos with tiled dado and inscription by Powell & Sons (1911) gifted by W. G. Player. The chancel screen is by J Rigby Poyser (1931) and the altar (1972) is of Japanese oak.

The most important feature of the church is the richly carved font of 1140-60 from Lenton Priory. The four sides depict scenes of the Baptism of Christ, the Crucifixion (with the soul of the penitent thief emerging from his mouth and soaring upwards, that of the impenitent thief being consumed by a dragon), the Resurrection (with the raising of Lazarus at the top and the three Marys at the Sepulchre at the bottom) and a large ‘Maltese’ cross of unusual appearance with a large rosette in the centre which often symbolises Christ. It is one of only five large cuboid fonts of that date known to still exist in England.