I decided late last year that it was about time I paid a visit to St. Peter’s Church which is right in the centre of Nottingham, and which I’ve never set foot in before. It is one of three churches in Nottingham that dates from the Middle Ages, with St. Mary’s being another.
Founded around 1100 AD it was burnt down in 1140 during the wars between King Stephen and Matilda when soldiers slaughtered refugees in the church. The current building was first constructed in 1180 and it continued to have an important role in the city and with the nearby Castle. The future Richard III met the mayor there in 1483, and it was damaged in the fighting during the Civil War in 1644.
It has quite an impressive organ, the case of which is said to have been built by John Snetzler in 1777. It was installed in 2010 and is said to be the first organ that combines the traditional pipe and digital technology.
The War Memorial from 1922 also stood out – St. George slaying the dragon, representing those from St. Peter’s who died in both World Wars.
As ever I particularly liked the stained glass windows, from this more traditional example below,
to this more modern example which was installed in 2007. It is the Workers Memorial Window and is dedicated to those who have died from workplace related injuries, or even whilst at work.
It is not as spectacular as its sister church St. Mary’s, but it is nonetheless a nice space with an extremely interesting history.
More photos can be found here.