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At All Saints' Church, you will find worship which is traditional but relatively informal, with a warm welcome extended to all. The Sunday morning service at 10.30 am is generally a Eucharist, or Holy Communion, with the St Peter's Choir helping to lead the worship once a month. Coffee and tea are available after the service There is also a service of Holy Communion in the church chapel at 10.00 am on Tuesday mornings, sometimes followed by coffee.
All Saints' congregation is diverse; in past years links with Caribbean communities have developed, which still continue. The churchyard is currently a community garden, including a ‘Peace Garden’ which is an oasis of quiet and calm in the urban jungle.
The chancel of All Saints' Church, Nottingham, just before Sung Eucharist
All Saints’ Parish Church
All Saints’ Church building, the school, the headmaster’s house and vicarage were built in 1864 and paid for by a sole benefactor, William Windley J.P. (1821 - 1877). The architect was T. C. Hine of Nottingham and the church and many of the other buildings are now listed Grade II. The church building is mostly constructed of sandstone, in Gothic revival style, with a fine broach spire 175 feet in height, which can be seen over a wide area of the city.
The school and headmaster’s house had been put to various uses after 1905 when the school ceased operation. In the period 1980-84, when the Reverend Paul Watts was vicar, they became workspaces for new businesses and a community centre. In recent years these buildings have served a range of purposes connected with local social need. The old school is currently owned by a Nigerian Church.
The Nave and chancel
The nave, which is capable of seating 300, is used for Sunday worship, weddings, funerals and other large services. The nave altar stands on a dais in front of the chancel arch. There is a fine triptych behind the altar, by the local artist Hammersley Ball, which was given to the church in 1939. A lectern in the form of a brass eagle was given in memory of Mary Stockwood, who died in 1886 aged 16. The chancel is occasionally used for smaller services; set into the wooden panelling in the chancel are various memorials, several of which commemorate members of the Windley family.
The Lady Chapel
The Lady Chapel, restored in 1986-88, includes an aumbry on the north wall. The impressive stained glass window depicts the life of one of the former vicars, Reverend Thomas Windley, who was a missionary in Myanmar (then Burma). Illustrations of the Asian Church may be seen in the window. The chapel is used for the 10.00 am service of Holy Communion on Tuesday mornings.
The organ, a medium-sized three manual pipe organ built by Norman and Beard in 1906, is in moderately good condition. It was part-modernised in 1979 by a local firm, and a number of improvements have been made in recent years including new pipe-work, a new pedal-board and piston system.
During the construction of the church, an order for six bells was placed with John Taylor of Loughborough, and a six-bell oak bell frame was constructed for the church. At its installation in 1864 this was extended to accommodate two extra bells and a ring of eight was installed. Cast in the key of E, the heaviest of these weighed 17cwt (about ¾ tonne). In 1999, through the efforts of the Nottingham University Society of Change Ringers, the bells were tuned and re-hung in a new steel bell frame for ten bells. At the same time the redundant All Saints’ Church School bell was hung as a Sanctus bell. By 2004 enough money had been raised to cast two new treble bells and complete the ring of ten. Members of the Nottingham University Society ring the bells for the church.
The original vicarage of 1864 was a substantial building with eleven bedrooms and servant quarters. This was too large for a modern vicarage and in 1980 it was divided into two. The present vicarage forms the eastern half of the building. The other half of the building, for some time named John Perkins House, after a vicar of All Saints’, has been used as a community house. Now called All Saints’ House, it is currently rented to students from Nottingham Trent University.
The parish and today’s church community
The parish of All Saints was created in 1864 on an area previously known as the Sandfield. Following the 1832 cholera epidemic in Nottingham, expansion outside the old urban boundaries began along the Alfreton Road and expanded into the Sandfield area. In recent decades much social and economic change has taken place in the parish, including several new building developments and an increasing element of student housing.
A history of the church and parish of All Saints', produced by Rev Paul Watts, has been produced to mark the 150th anniversary of the church in 2014. This can found here
In 1954, the then curate of All Saints' Church, Rev John Weller, had also published an account of the history of the church from its foundation in 1864 to 1954. This can be found by clicking here.
Monday 9am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 4.30pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 3pm
For information on service times at All Saints', St Mary's & St Peter's, visit the services page
All Saints' Church - Raleigh Street, NG7 4DP
St Mary's Church - High Pavement, NG1 1HN
St Peter's Church - St Peter's Gate, NG1 2NW
Please contact the Parish Office for details of any events or to get in touch with a member of staff.
The office is situated on the upper floor of the St Peter's Centre, on the south side of St Peter's Church and adjacent to Marks & Spencer.
0115 948 3658 (+44 115 948 3658 outside the UK)
If you wish to trace a former resident or member of the parish, please address your requests to the Nottinghamshire Archives.