All Saints' - History

All Saints’ Church building, the school, the headmaster’s house and vicarage were built in 1864 and paid for by a sole benefactor, William Windley J.P. (1821 – 1877). The architect was T. C. Hine of Nottingham and the church and many of the other buildings are now listed Grade II. The church building is mostly constructed of sandstone, in Gothic revival style, with a fine broach spire 175 feet in height, which can be seen over a wide area of the city.

The school and headmaster’s house had been put to various uses after 1905 when the school ceased operation. In the period 1980-84, when the Reverend Paul Watts was vicar, they became workspaces for new businesses and a community centre. In recent years these buildings have served a range of purposes connected with local social need. The old school is currently owned by a Nigerian Church.

The Nave and Chancel

The nave, which is capable of seating 300, is used for Sunday worship, weddings, funerals and other large services. The nave altar stands on a dais in front of the chancel arch. There is a fine triptych behind the altar, by the local artist Hammersley Ball, which was given to the church in 1939. A lectern in the form of a brass eagle was given in memory of Mary Stockwood, who died in 1886 aged 16. The chancel is occasionally used for smaller services; set into the wooden panelling in the chancel are various memorials, several of which commemorate members of the Windley family.

The Lady Chapel

The Lady Chapel, restored in 1986-88, includes an aumbry on the north wall. The impressive stained glass window depicts the life of one of the former vicars, Reverend Thomas Windley, who was a missionary in Myanmar (then Burma). Illustrations of the Asian Church may be seen in the window. The chapel is used for the 10.00 am service of Holy Communion on Tuesday mornings.

The Organ

The organ, a medium-sized three manual pipe organ built by Norman and Beard in 1906, is in moderately good condition. It was part-modernised in 1979 by a local firm, and a number of improvements have been made in recent years including new pipe-work, a new pedal-board and piston system.

The Bells

During the construction of the church, an order for six bells was placed with John Taylor of Loughborough, and a six-bell oak bell frame was constructed for the church. At its installation in 1864 this was extended to accommodate two extra bells and a ring of eight was installed. Cast in the key of E, the heaviest of these weighed 17cwt (about ¾ tonne). In 1999, through the efforts of the Nottingham University Society of Change Ringers, the bells were tuned and re-hung in a new steel bell frame for ten bells. At the same time the redundant All Saints’ Church School bell was hung as a Sanctus bell. By 2004 enough money had been raised to cast two new treble bells and complete the ring of ten. Members of the Nottingham University Society ring the bells for the church.

The Vicarage

The original vicarage of 1864 was a substantial building with eleven bedrooms and servant quarters. This was too large for a modern vicarage and in 1980 it was divided into two. The present vicarage forms the eastern half of the building. The other half of the building, for some time named John Perkins House, after a vicar of All Saints’, has been used as a community house. Now called All Saints’ House, it is currently rented to refugees and asylum seekers, in partnership with the Nottingham Arimathea Trust.

The Parish and Today’s Church Community

The parish of All Saints was created in 1864 on an area previously known as the Sandfield. Following the 1832 cholera epidemic in Nottingham, expansion outside the old urban boundaries began along the Alfreton Road and expanded into the Sandfield area. In recent decades much social and economic change has taken place in the parish, including several new building developments and an increasing element of student housing.

More details of the history of All Saints’ Church can be found on the website of the Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project.

Contact Details

Contact Information

Please contact the Parish Office for details of any events or to get in touch with a member of staff.

All correspondence should be sent to the Parish Office (not to All Saints’ or St Peter’s church).

The office is situated on the upper floor of the St Peter's Centre, on the south side of St Peter's Church and adjacent to Marks & Spencers.

Further Information

If you wish to trace a former resident or member of the parish, please address your requests to the Nottinghamshire Archives.

For information on service times at All Saints' & St Peter's, please visit the Services page.

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The Parish Office
St Peter's Centre, St Peter's Square
Nottingham, United Kingdom,
NG1 2NW

0115 948 3658
(+44 115 948 3658 outside the UK)

office@nottinghamchurches.org

Monday 9am - 3.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 3.30pm
Wednesday 9am - 3.30pm
Thursday 9am - 3.30pm
Friday 9am - 3.30pm

All Saints' Church
Raleigh Street, NG7 4DP

Open during Sunday and weekday services and on Tuesdays from 9.45 – 12.30 pm


St Peter's Church
St Peter's Gate, NG1 2NW

Open Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm
(and for Sunday services)

Contact Details

Please contact the Parish Office for details of any events or to get in touch with a member of staff.

All correspondence should be sent to the Parish Office (not to All Saints’ or St Peter’s church).

The office is situated on the upper floor of the St Peter's Centre, on the south side of St Peter's Church and adjacent to Marks & Spencers.

Further Information

If you wish to trace a former resident or member of the parish, please address your requests to the Nottinghamshire Archives.

For information on service times at All Saints' & St Peter's, please visit the Services page.

Charity Number: 1130298

Data Privacy Notice

Follow Us

Contact Information

The Parish Office
St Peter's Centre, St Peter's Square
Nottingham, United Kingdom,
NG1 2NW

0115 948 3658
(+44 115 948 3658 outside the UK)

office@nottinghamchurches.org

Monday 9am - 3.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 3.30pm
Wednesday 9am - 3.30pm
Thursday 9am - 3.30pm
Friday 9am - 3.30pm


All Saints' Church
Raleigh Street, NG7 4DP

Open during Sunday and weekday services and on Tuesdays from 9.45 – 12.30 pm


St Peter's Church
St Peter's Gate, NG1 2NW

Open Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm
(and for Sunday services)


Charity Number: 1130298