Holy Trinity


The principal stones used for most of the original walling are blocks of grey and yellow-grey, often laminated or layered, lias limestone (sometimes called Blue Lias Limestone) of Lower Jurassic age. These limestones were locally quarried and are frequently seen in older buildings in the village as well as in the church. They can weather quite badly but seem to be in good condition at Wysall.

There has been some later replacement and patching with brown, iron stained boulder of hard and soft sandstone probably dug from local superficial sediments (fluvio-glacial drift) that masks much of the land surface around and about. It appears that at some point either the lias limestone became unavailable or was perhaps too expensive, and a few cartloads of these sandstone boulders were used instead.

The moulded stones used for the original quoins, window mouldings (as in the tower) and around the older doorways are all fine to medium grained pale brown, Triassic sandstones. Sometimes these sandstones are quite pebbly (notably on the quoins of the tower). The spire and roof parapets are all of the same Triassic sandstone which was probably quarried along the Trent cliffs in the Kegworth / Castle Donnington area where they outcrop.

Some more recent mouldings, eg on the porch entrance, are of pale yellow Lincolnshire limestone (Middle Jurassic) showing typical ‘streaky bacon’ texture. Lincolnshire limestone blocks also occur sporadically as repairs to older doorway and window mouldings.

The very large, green roofing slates are from Cumbria / Westmoreland Slate and are not the local Swithland slates.