Support the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust

by | 10 April 2022 | Community Focus, Heritage, Worksop

Nottinghamshire’s historic churches bear witness to 1,000 years of Christian worship. They are local landmarks standing at the centre of our communities with their own rich history and character.

Not many come bigger than Worksop’s own Priory Church of Our Lady and St Cuthbert. The imposing church is all that remains from a much larger structure that served an Augustinian priory founded in the early 12th century.

Its romanesque crossing, transepts and eastern bay were built in the 1130s possibly by a master mason from Southwell Minster. The rest of the nave has been dated to c.1160-80 and the Lady Chapel was erected c.1249-64. Pevsner describes the chapel as ‘of exquisite C13 design, closely connected with contemporary Southwell and Yorkshire: tall, slim, nobly erect forms, and an almost complete absence of ornament.’

At the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 the nave and towers survived because they formed the parish church, whereas the monastic buildings and east end of the church (apart from the Lady Chapel) were demolished. The 14th century monastic gatehouse to the south of the church also avoided demolition.

Churches like Worksop might have survived the reformation. But today across the county, time itself is threatening the survival of these buildings. From damaged masonry to stolen lead, the list of issues facing our local churches can be overwhelming. Restoration costs only rise over time and sources for funding are under increasing pressure.

That is where the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust comes in. Since 1987, the NHCT has awarded grants to help conserve churches and chapels of outstanding merit and historic interest. Their grants go towards the repair and conservation of stonework, roofs, windows, timberwork, bells as well as precious artefacts and paintings. They also help replace old heating and electrical systems, ensuring that today’s congregations can visit and enjoy these historic spaces in comfort.
Their expert trustees, following careers as architects, historians and planners, know the county and its communities better than most. In the past two years, they have awarded over £70,000 to 38 churches across Nottinghamshire.
In 2022, the trust will be celebrating 35 years of awarding these church-saving grants.

You can help them to ensure this vital work continues

By becoming a Friend of the trust, you join a group of fellow-minded individuals, shared in their commitment to keep our county’s historic churches alive. From just £20.00 a year, Friends enjoy discounted access to the trust’s annual summer party, as well as their fascinating church tours and talks.

You can help them to ensure this vital work continues

By becoming a Friend of the trust, you join a group of fellow-minded individuals, shared in their commitment to keep our county’s historic churches alive. From just £20.00 a year, Friends enjoy discounted access to the trust’s annual summer party, as well as their fascinating church tours and talks.

Get involved

To become a Friend or make a donation to help preserve these historic buildings, visit their website today at www.nottshistoricchurchtrust.org.uk/how-you-can-help.
You can also make a donation to their Just Giving page, or leave a legacy in your will.
Is your church in need of repair? Apply for a grant today or email their grant secretary at info.nhct@gmail.com for more information.