Illustrated tour part 4 - south aisle

The south aisle

The south aisle of St Peter's Church, NottinghamThe south aisle of the church is used for the 8.00am Communion service on Sundays. The organ console was moved here in 1983 and may be seen in the centre of the picture, by the first pillar.

Originally the Archdeacon's Court was held in the aisle, first at the east end and later at the west. When the Archdeacon was sitting he used a mahogany pulpit, made in 1672. In 1938 this was stored behind the organ, and later removed to the west end of the south aisle. In 1943 it was adapted to form the frontal of the altar which now stands in the aisle.


The south arcade

The south arcade of St Peter's Church, NottinghamThe south arcade is Early English and is said to date from 1180. Clerestories were erected over the existing arcades in 1485. It seems that the additional weight was too much for the southern columns which settled and left the vertical, as may be seen in the photograph. The piers have four filleted shafts and four deep hollows, and the capitals are partly moulded and partly stiff leaf and the arches double-chamfered. Nikolaus Pevsner compares them with those at Rolleston, South Scarle and Upton, and said the source is probably Lincoln.


The St George Memorial of St Peter's Church, NottinghamThe St George memorial

The war memorial on the south wall of the nave was erected in 1922 and carries a four feet high figure of St George fighting the dragon, by Howard of Oxford. There is a high oak canopy above. It is placed on the wide pier of the south arcade which is said to be due to an error of spacing in the original building work. The Guild Chapel of St George, founded in 1440, stood near this spot. The Guild Book still survives and is one of the Church's greatest treasures, it is largely an account book of the medieval guild.

In the background can be seen the dark wooden wainscotting. This was constructed from the former box pews, which were replaced by the current oak pews throughout the church in 1887.


The South Door

The south door of St Peter's Church, NottinghamThe medieval South Door was closed and blocked up internally some time in the 19th century. With the completion of the St Peter's Centre in 1998 the door was re-opened to allow direct access to the Centre from the chuch.

The internal porch is constructed almost entirely from the former "consultation room" which had been attached to the similar porch for the north door (the function of this room having been taken over by the new Centre). This combined porch-and-consultation room had been created when the pews were removed from the north side of the north aisle in the late 1980s. It was designed by David Marshall, our Church Architect Emeritus.

Part one
Part two
Nave and chancel
Part three
North aisle
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The text is adapted from the Church Guide written by the late Allan Derry
St Peter's Church, Nottingham
Last revised 18th April 1999