St Peter and St Paul


The church in general is built of very large sandstone blocks (ashlars) of the Triassic period. The stone came from Gedling - an important quarry source on the lower part of Mapperley ridge. The church at Gedling is built of the same sandstone.

There are, however, different types of stone in some of the details. The mouldings on the porch and the windows of the south aisle are of Lincolnshire oolitic limestone (possibly Ancaster). The porch also incorporates two pillars of bright red sandstone added at the time of rebuilding in the nineteenth century. This stone probably came from Runcorn in Cheshire (which was also used in Clumber Park), or possibly from Cumbria.

The chancel window, despite the alterations in Victorian times, appears to incorporate old moulding of Triassic sandstone. The block work of the chancel is a mix of oolitic and Triassic sandstone, plus some reddish sandstone from Birchover in Derbyshire.

On the north side, almost all the Triassic sandstone blocks from Gedling are very large. The window mouldings are basically of sandstone, but some verticals have been replaced with oolitic limestone. Round the door on the north side there is more hard reddish stone from Birchover.

The tower is also built of very large blocks of Gedling Triassic (reddish and greenish) limestone, with natural cross-bedding in the stone.

Information from Dr Graham Lott.