Wilford (North)
St Faith


The church occupies a corner site. When visited in 2015 the west and north boundaries were formed by wrought railings approximately 4 foot high with a pair of wrought iron gates in the north west boundary opposite the north west entrance. Similar gates are located on the north side towards the east end giving access to the recently tarmacked car park within the site. A third pair on the west side give access to the parking area at the south east end of the church. An earlier photograph c.1920 shows the west end section of the north-west boundaries had a brick wall about 3 ft. tall. The east end boundary is currently set close by the east gable with railings of the same pattern as above. On the other side of the fence is a car park which services the adjacent modern houses. On the south side a rough driveway gives access to another car park which at the time the site was visited appeared to be used commercially. It is possible that this area no longer forms part of the present church, but may have been the site of the vicarage. The building of a new vicarage was much debated in the parish magazines of the late 1950s and the vicarage address was listed as Bathley Street in the parish magazines of the later 1960s; access to this land is on Bathley Street. At the west end the ground is planted with shrubs and grasses, likewise the area under the north wall.

There is no visible evidence of burials in the churchyard and the size of the plot would have allowed very few burials. The land the church was built on, in common with the surrounding area, was until the latter part of the 19th century low-lying meadow land subject to regular flooding, hence the district name The Meadows. Some land in the Meadows area was reclaimed for development by raising it several feet with the tipping of brick and other waste, including large quantities of incinerator ash for the nearby Nottingham City East Croft waste collection and disposal works. In view of this fact it is highly unlikely that the site could have been used for burials. (See Archaeology).