Strelley All Saints


Erosion on the south
wall of the tower

The church stands on a bedrock of Lower Magnesian Limestone. The principal walling is reddened, thinly bedded stone quarried from this formation. The stone was sourced from quarries in the village and one old quarry site still remains near ‘Quarry House’ in the village. The limestone is now showing serious decay in places within the fabric. Some modern work in the tower has been carried out using a red Permian sandstone.

The dressed stone used for the ashlared buttresses, mouldings and dressings in the church and upper part of the tower is from the Triassic Sherwood Sandstone Group. This stone is also from a local source possibly from the ancient Gedling or Kingsmill quarries. Serious cavernous decay is evident in some of the buttresses.

Other patchwork repairs have been undertaken from time to time prompting Simon Jenkins to write ‘….the battlemented walls rise like castle ramparts and are a museum of local geology, with stone, brick and mortar slapped into place as and when required.’