Basford St Aidan


Looking towards the church
across the churchyard

There is a small churchyard to the west and south of the church. The boundary to the north is mainly formed by the buttressed wall of the building on Lansdowne Road, plus 12 yards of low stone wall with railings from it to Arnold Road. At the east end there is now (2002) a car park 12 yards long x the width of the church with a wrought iron gate providing access from Lansdowne Road.

The Arnold Road boundary to the west is formed by a low Bulwell stone wall surmounted by iron railings, approximately 45 yards long. It follows a chamfered corner into Blankney Street, where the stone wall and railings stretch for 56 yards approximately. In the last five yards, beyond a single iron gate, the wall rises to 6 feet high, without railings. This gate leads to a path across to a simple porch and door for the meeting room in the south east corner of the church. The path also leads to the Widnall Gate, one of two metal gates - the other bearing the name Clifton Gate - which give access to the Garden of Rest, adjacent to the south wall of the church. This was formed with railings round it in 1960, for the ashes of church members only. No burials have ever taken place anywhere in the churchyard.

There are a few shrubs and a dozen mature trees on the south side. A yew tree was planted near the main porch on Arnold Road in 2003. On a simple stone it states:

Planted by Ven. Gordon Ogilvie Archdeacon of Nottingham
11th May 2003
To commemorate the Centenary of
the laying of the foundation stone of
St. Aidan’s Church.

The railings were due for removal in the Second World War, until Rev G H Vine intervened and threatened that a question would be asked in the House of Commons. The railings were spared after a local MP spoke to the Minister of Works. There was no war damage although some pieces of shrapnel fell in the Churchyard.