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St. Mary's Church

Enter this medieval church to discover fascinating artworks, magnificent bronze doors and stained-glass windows depicting biblical scenes.

St. Mary’s Church is one of the oldest religious institutions in Nottingham. The 15th-century building is a fine example of Gothic Perpendicular style and is also among the largest churches in the city. Explore the majestic nave, which provide spiritual and artistic inspiration in the form of wonderful stained-glass windows and engraved bronze doors.

Although the current structure has only stood since the 15th century, this site was home to an older church prior to that. A pre-existing church is even mentioned in the Domesday Book, a famous 11th-century volume that documents landowners in England.

From outside, gaze up at the tower, which reaches a height of 126 feet (38 meters). Head inside to find the 14th-century chantry door. The portal is thought to date back to the 1370s or 1380s and contains an interesting medieval locking mechanism.

The south porch doors feature panels with scenes from the New Testament. Inspect the symbolism on the bronze doors, which were crafted in the early 20th century by respected Arts and Crafts metalworker and architect Henry Wilson.

Examine the Victorian-era stained-glass windows, which portray biblical figures and parables. Other intriguing sights in the church include a tomb fragment portraying a lily crucifix and an alabaster panel bearing an image of the Archbishop Thomas Becket, who was murdered by followers of King Henry II in 1170.

The church has seating for around 700 people. Listen to choir performances to appreciate the excellent acoustics. Evensong services are held on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.

The church is usually open to visitors between Tuesday and Saturday, though opening hours are subject to change so check ahead with the parish office before visiting. The church is free to enter, though donations are welcomed.

St. Mary’s Church is in the Lace Market region of central Nottingham. To get here from Nottingham Railway Station, walk north for 10 minutes. While you’re in the area, consider visiting the nearby Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham Contemporary and the Galleries of Justice Museum.


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