East Bridgford
St Peter


Four principal stones have been used in the fabric of St Peter’s. They are:

aThe nave, aisles and chancel are constructed from the Triassic Mercia Mudstone group which are thin beds of hard fine-grained sandstone known as skerries. This skerry stone was widely used for rubble-wall material including the Roman fort of Margidunum close by. Very common in the Trent Valley area, it was probably collected from the fields, or from shallow pits as it lies about one metre below ground level. Grey-green in colour, its hardness meant it was not amenable to working, and the pieces of stone were used as they were without shaping. This hardness has meant there has been little erosion. This stone has also been used quite extensively as footings for more substantial brick or timber buildings in East Bridgford.

bThe tower, quoins and other ashlar work are Triassic Sherwood sandstone, which, being softer, can be shaped more readily into blocks. Probably quarried between Gedling and Sneinton, it is pock marked by the erosion of soft clay clasts, a characteristic of fluvial Triassic sandstones.

cThe window and door mouldings of the church are Lincolnshire limestone, probably quarried at Ancaster. This Jurassic middle lias stone ranges in colour from pale to darker yellow, depending on its iron content. Oolitic and shelly, it is suitable for carving, but being soft it shows evidence of considerable erosion on the hood moulding and orders of the south porch and priest’s door in the chancel.

dAbove the window heads in the chancel south wall, the east end and about the vestry door in the chancel north wall, lower Jurassic lias stone has been used as a decorative feature. This can be found in many Nottinghamshire churches.

A small amount of stone which is not local has been used in the Tower parapet. This is Coxbench from Derbyshire. The roof of the church is Welsh slate from Penrhyn.