St Peter's Parish Church of East Bridgford
stands in the western wedge formed by the junction of Kirk Hill
and Trent Lane on the south-western side of the village. The first
church on this site was built in the seventh century for the Middle
Angles. That church is mentioned in Domesday Book. It apparently
survived until the thirteenth century as there is no architectural
evidence of either the Saxon or a Norman building. In the thirteenth
century the church was entirely rebuilt.
Aid for the work was provided by the Chapter of
Rouen Cathedral, but the chancel is the only remaining feature of
this rebuild. The nave was enlarged by the Caltofts and a chantry
was founded by William Dayncourt in the fourteenth century. Further
work in the nave was undertaken by adding clerestory windows in the
fifteenth century. By the later part of the eighteenth century the
church was very dilapidated, so in 1778 the tower was rebuilt and
the roof replaced.
St Mary's Church, Colston Bassett, stands
on a prominent plot surrounded by open fields. It can be found on the
south-eastern side of New Road, midway between Wash Pit Lane and Hall
Lane, immediately north-west of the village. The Bassetts were a
powerful and wealthy Norman family who held large estates, including
the manor of Colston, between about 1100-1390. The village then was
probably closer to the church, and perhaps moved following the Black
The Norman church was built about 1130, in rough
blocks of blue lias limestone, probably preceded by a Saxon church.
It consists of a four-bay nave with west tower, south transept and
an aisled chancel. The south porch was removed at a post-medieval
date and the north aisle, possibly along with the north transept,
was demolished in 1774 and the arcade filled in. The south arcade
collapsed following the church's closure and the removal of its
roof between 1892-1899.
St Luke's Church, Broughton Sulney, stands
on the north side of Rectory Drive, to the east of the Melton Road.
It's a small village church built in brown ironstone and with a
heavily weathered appearance. There is no mention in Domesday Book
of a church here but there is evidence in the porch for a Norman
building in the form of a fragmentary tympanum with a crude figure
in the right-hand corner. There were originally two aisles but the
south one was demolished in 1733.
One bay of that lost south aisle survives, built
into the wall and giving a date of about 1200. The north arcade
dates to the 1200s, although the rest of the aisle was rebuilt in
1855, as was the chancel. The west tower is also of the 1200s, and
there is a fourteenth century font with some carved tracery. The
churchyard contains many fine slate headstones of the 1700s, typical
of the 'Belvoir' school of carving. Today's dedication replaces the
older St Oswald's Church name.
Four photos on this page kindly contributed by
Ken Hawley, and two originally published on Lynne's 'Echoes of the
Past' blog and reproduced here with permission. Additional information
from 'Echoes of the Past'.