Holy Trinity


Description of the stone

The bulk of the original wall fabric is built from fine grained, pinkish brown to greenish grey sandstone ashlar blocks. Characteristic features of the stone include low angled cross-bedding of the sandstone. In the face of some weathered sandstone blocks small open holes or pits have developed where weak mineral cement (probably calcium carbonate) has been removed. The plinth stone is similar in composition but appears to be a particularly hard sandstone bed. A feature of this stone is the occurrence of small tubular structures (possibly worm burrows) which have become preferentially cemented and stand out as small lumps on the block faces.

The sandstone was probably quarried locally (at Gedling) from the Triassic Keuper sandstone unit known in the past as the Waterstones. Modern geological maps and reports now call the unit the Sneinton Formation of the Mercia Mudstone Group.

Other local buildings using the same stone

Compare church fabrics at Gedling, Woodborough, Epperstone and Burton Joyce which all use a similar sandstone.