View of the church from the south-west

Aspley

St Margaret

Nottingham Archdeaconry

Nottingham North Deanery

Introduction

A new district of St. Margaret, Aspley was constituted in December 1933. A temporary prefabricated building of wood and asbestos had been opened in November 1933 to serve the new estate of council houses built by Nottingham City Council. After the new church was built it became the church hall.

The foundation stone of the church on Aspley Lane was laid in November 1934 and the church consecrated on 15th February 1936. It consists of a nave with aisles, chancel, chapel vestries and organ chamber, an embattled west tower with a single bell and south porch.

This huge church is built of red brick with stone dressings; the interior is faced with two-inch buff bricks. Nave piers and arcades are of Alton stone and the rest of the stonework is of Ancaster stone. The woodwork is oak enriched with tracery and carving in the reredos, screens and organ, pulpit and lectern. In the nave the simple pews have shaped and moulded ends.

In May 1953 a plaque was installed in the porch declaring that the tower clock was dedicated as a War Memorial for the men of Aspley who died in the Second World War. The clock was installed by G F Cope & Co. Other brass plaques proclaim the dedication of the clock dial on the west side of the tower in 1955, that on the east side in 1957. A peal of six bells was dedicated by the Bishop of Southwell in November 1958.

There are numerous plaques, one of which expresses gratitude to John Dane Player and his wife Margaret who ‘built this church’.

Some windows have been dedicated, two in the side chapel bearing the crests of High Pavement School, Nottingham University, St Aidan’s College and Southwell Diocese. Other windows are of plain glass including the neo-Perpendicular windows of the nave and clerestory and the single lancets in the tower.

A Breeches Bible was handed to the vicar in 1951, but it is now thought to have been sold to a collector.

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