View of the church

Clifton

St Francis

Nottingham Archdeaconry

West Bingham Deanery

Introduction

This modern church was built on the new Clifton Estate, Nottingham, mainly by voluntary labour. It was consecrated on 17th May 1957. The foundation stone was laid by a blacksmith and a bricklayer.

The church consists of nave, chancel, side chapel, tower, vestries, porch annexe (which can be a transept) and hall. It is built of brick with clear glass windows, all rectangular. The architect was Vernon Royle, who also designed the stone font.

On the front of the lectern/pulpit is a real sword made by the Wilkinson Sword Company. The altar is a wooden table made at Portland Training College. The Tapestry of Creation which lies round the altar was designed by Norah Gibson. The Bishop’s chair was designed by Count Bernadotte of Sweden. In the ceiling is a mural by Pamela Lloyd representing the whole of Creation. There is a cross on the top of the tower.

In the side chapel are four paintings, possibly 17th century, relating to the Crucifixion.

Charis Life Church was using the hall in 2011.

Particular thanks to Terry Fry for research on this entry
and to Terry Fry, Geoff Buxton and Jonathan Pickett for the photographs.