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Mapp Church

For lots more detailed information and pictures please see all of the below relating to the original church, the temporary church and the new church. If you have anything you can add, especially a photograph of the temporary church, I would love to hear from you. Elaine Sarson

Know Your Village - Mapperley Church (1851-1966)

Taken from the Parish Magazine September 2006

Mapperley Church as we know it today replaced the original church built on this site in October 1851. Mr Drury-Lowe of Locko Park gave stone from his Coxbench quarries for its construction.

The architect was Thomas D. Barry of Liverpool and local builder Mr T. Brown of West Hallam was given the building contract. Not including architects fees, the total cost of the work was £728. Built originally with Two Bells.

In November 1864 the church was licensed for marriages, a benefit to the residents, who before this date had to travel to Kirk Hallam Parish Church, registered for marriages from Mapperley. This of course makes it difficult for people today who are researching into their family history and cannot find their relative in the Mapperley church registers.

On July 1st 1870 Mapperley finally became a separate Ecclesiastical Parish able to carry out all the services for the village.

During 1886 major restoration work was carried out. This included fitting new hot water apparatus, providing a much improved heating system, re-paving the aisles and moving the existing organ to a chamber in the chancel. A vestry was also formed at the west end of the church.

In 1890 five bells were fitted to replace the original two 1851 bells.

Old TrinityDuring the mid 1950's structural problems started to occur, when members of the congregation and choir witnessed strange "cracking sounds" coming from the building. These were the first of mining subsidence; cracks appeared in the tower and walls. Roof tiles also became dislodged. Before the coal industry was nationalised, coal was not allowed to be extracted from under the church.

But Nationalisation changed all this. By 1959 the church finally became unfit for services and demolished. A temporary prefabricated building was provided by the Coal Board situated in the old windmill field.

Parishioners were determined to replace their church, but this would take a further seven years of fundraising and negotiations, before the new church was finally opened.

R Wood


View Inside The Old Church

Original Holy Trinity

From Field
Holy Trinity Taken From Field Below

Lych Gates
Old Church and Lych Gates

Before Demolished
Old Church Before it was Demolished Due to Subsidence

Nottinghamshire Guardian, Thursday, October 24, 1850

LAYING THE FIRST STONE OF THE NEW CHURCH, MAPPERLEY - The first stone of a new church at this village was laid on the 21st instant by the Venerable Archdeacon Hill, The ceremony commenced at 11 o'clock.

About that time the principal persons of the neighbouring villagers, as well as a number of the poorer sort, had assembled to witness the event. A hymn was sung by the scholors of the West Hallam free school and prayers were read by the Rev. Newdigate, incumbent of West Hallam; the silver trowell was presented to the Archdeacon, and the stone was laid by him. He afterwards delivered a most beautiful address, congratulating the inhabitants of Mapperley on the advantage of having a place of worship so near their homes, and urging them to look for salvation by Christ, assuring them that if they rested their hopes on any other day they would fall like the house that was built on the sand. The dexology was sung and the people daparted to their homes. This church will supply a disideratum that has long been wanting. Belonging as the village does to the distant Parish of Kirk Hallam, it was next to impossible that they should go to their own parish church to hear the word of God, so that they have been obliged to go anywhere; but by the blessing of God this will not happen again and Mapperley will boast now of it's own church; simple in it's architecture it is true, but yet sufficient for the wants of it's inhabitants.

Cover of Holy Trinity Magazine 1903


Holy Trinity Newsletter Circa 1903


Note the Baptism of Norah Alice Joyce ( Norah Czypak)

Mapperley Village Memorial/ Lych Gate

Hist-GateOn Saturday May 13th 1922 at 3pm the Lych Gate was unveiled by Captain Drury-Lowe of Locko Park, followed by the Dedication of the Lych Gate and Consecration of the Churchyard extension by the Lord Bishop.  The Lych Gate is dedicated to the memory of the men who died from the village in the Great War.

Several members of the Mapperley Colliery Company attended the service to remember the Martin Brother's; Britus and Luther.

The names of the three fallen, two were brothers, are inscribed on a tablet placed within the memorial gate in memory of George Harrison, Notts and Derby.

Britus Martin - K.R.R.

Luther Martin - R.F.A. who died for Country in the Great War 1914 - 1918.

Their names liveth forever".

  • The Lych Gate is constructed of substantial oak beams with a tiled roof, surmounted by a cross, the entire structure resting on a stone base.
  • In bold, carved letters, the inscription: "In Memoriam" is located on the cross beam, meeting visitors as they approach the gate.
  • The structure was erected by Mr R. Slaney from High Lane, West Hallam, to plans drawn by the architect Mr H. Tatham Sudbury of Ilkeston.
  • Prior to the unveiling, the Bishop of Derby (Dr. Abraham) consecrated the gate as an important addition to the churchyard.
  • The Sherwood Foresters Band from Derby accompanied the singing of two hymns. "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus" and "For All the Saints".
  • A detachment of officers and men from the regiment supplied the firing party, with the guard of honour formed by the Ilkeston St. John Ambulance Corps. This was followed by the Last Post, the ceremony closing with the National Anthem.
  • Among the guests was Mr. Quarrell (Chairman of the Mapperley Colliery Company), Major B. H. Beaumont-Checkland and Mr. G. Spencer all representing the Colliery Company.

Invitation to the Dedication of the Lych Gate Ceremony


The ceremony took place on Saturday May 13th 1922 at 3pm. The unveiling Ceremony was by Captain Drury-Lowe, followed by the Dedication of the Lych Gate and Consecration of the Churchyard extension by the Lord Bishop.

The invitation was sent to Mr & Mrs R H Turner, Jeweller and Optician, 108 Bath street, Ilkeston Derby.

Note the Mapperley, Derby stamp, posted 5 May 1922. The postage was one penny.

My thanks to Mr & Mrs Turner's grandson, Mr. Harry Turner of Ilkeston for this wonderful gift


S Brookes

Sketch of Lych Gate by Stella Brookes, local artist, 1991.
Very kindly donated by Ms L Hemstock of West Hallam

Holy Trinity Mapperley

Memorial Lych Gates in Honour of Our War Hero's Have Been Stolen!

Police incident number 17000516613


Holy Trinity Mapperley's gates have been stolen. This is a despicable act, given that they were given in memory of those who served in the great war.

Please, please contact Revd Gill

Or the police on 101, quoting incident number 17 000 5166 13 if you have any information. Please share.

TelegraphRevd Gill told the Derby Telegraph: “When we opened for morning prayers this morning the gates were missing. "They are the gates which lead to the churchyard and form part of the war memorial for all those who died in the Great Wars. “I don’t understand why someone would take them as I can’t imagine they are particularly valuable as they are made from oak. “They are large gates, probably around 4ft, and it would take two large men to lift them. Unfortunately, they could just be lifted off the hinges.” She added: “It’s incredibly sad to think someone would do this. But it’s Christmas so the Christian part of me thinks I hope it helps them. But the non-Christian side of me is very upset and mad. “Hopefully we can find whoever is responsible for this.” A post on the West Hallam with Mapperley, Stanley and Stanley Common Churches Facebook page said: “Holy Trinity Mapperley's gates have been stolen. "This is a despicable act, given that they were given in memory of those who served in the Great War.”

Derbyshire police said it is investigating an alleged theft from the Mapperley Lane church.

Old Church Being Demolished 1964


Old Church being demolished. Taken from the Derby Dioceson News Sept 1964

Taken from the West Hallam and Mapperley Magazine Article March 2000

Holy Trinity Organ


The organ was moved from the old church to the new

Derbyshire Mapperley,     Holy Trinity [N00469]
Anglican Parish Church
Grid ref: SK4343
Survey date: 1986
c1865          Unknown

Type  Pipe Rack
Pipe rack (side), Other, Swell shutters (front)
Department and Stop list

Pedal Key action Tr  Stop action   Compass-low C  Compass-high   Keys 
Great Key action Tr  Stop action Me  Compass-low C  Compass-high g3  Keys 56 Enclosed
  2 Bourdon   12n
  3 Dulciana   C
  4 St D Bass   12n
             5 St D Treble     C
             6 Principal    
             7 Fifteenth    

Pedals permanently coupled
Blowing Electric  
Administrative details
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British Institute of Church Organs

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