St. John's, Carrington, owes its foundation to local Banker and Landowner, Ichabod Wright, of Mapperley Hall, who not only gave the land and largely paid for the church, but also partly endowed it.
Carrington is called Carrington for the following reason. Mr. Wright bought the land in 1825 as an investment from the first Lord Carrington and decided to name it after the vendor. Building development of high density housing commenced and was so rapid that in ten vears the population had risen to 6,500. In 1833 Wright gave land for the building of the National Church School at the corner of Selkirk Street and along with other members of the Wright family gave £320 towards the cost of £700.
In 1886 the Archbishop of York authorised church services to be held in this room, which continued to be used for a further 7 years. The first service was on May 29th 1836 with the Rev. Dr. Bosworth taking spiritual charge of the district.
Carrington needed a church of its own. Wright set about getting it and along with three other Carrington men, Thomas Sewell, a lace manufacturer, William Jarman, a farmer and John Champion of the Carrington Brewery formed a committee to oversee the building of the church. Building commenced on May 12th 1841 when Wright laid the first stone.
The Church was consecrated on April 6 th 1843 by Dr. John Kaye the Bishop of Lincoln, in whose diocese it then lay. St John's was a district church, a chapel-
The architect William Surplice built a simple stone nave measuring 83 x 38ft, without aisles, chancel or tower, but with a bell turret and a porch at the south west corner. Inside was a gallery and high deal pews. The nave could accommodate 350, plus room for 120 children in the gallery at the west end.
A stained glass window showing Jesus with arms raised was installed at the south east end of the church dedicated to the memory of Ichabod Wright by his tenth daughter Sophia Lydia. He died at Mapperley in 1862 in his 96th year.
A 25ft long chancel along with and organ chamber on the north side was added in 1873 (architects Jackson & Heazell). The Window formerly at the east end was shortened and inserted into the east end of the chancel. This window showing Christ on the cross, flanked by Mary and John is dedicated in memory of Ichabod Charles Wright the son of the founder who died in 1871. There are a number of Stained Glass windows and memorials many connected with but not exclusively, the Wright family within St. John’s.
In the mid 1890’s the gallery was taken down and new vestries built. A door in the west wall was blocked up. The high deal pews were removed and replaced by chairs. Pew rents were abolished in 1897.
There was a Church Institute in Carrington from c.1889, and a Parish Hall was built in 1893 as a result of the generosity of Elizabeth Lennon, one of the ‘better off' members of the congregation.
During the early years of the 20th century much of the Vicar's time and that of his parishioners was taken up with the quest for a new church in Carrington. After many years of packed congregations the PCC set up a committee to consider building a new, bigger church. A subscription list was started in 1908 and hundreds of parishioners contributed. The following year a site for a new church on the Loscoe Mount, with a charming view, was purchased at a cost of £660, for which an outlay of £10,000 was contemplated for its construction. A London architect, W .Curtis Green, won the competition for the design of the proposed new church . For several summers before the first World War services were held there, as a prelude to the building of a new church on the site.
The First World War intervened and, by 1920, the cost of a new building was far in excess of the money available. Instead, vestries, a north aisle and a Lady Chapel were added in 1923-
The Rev. H P H Burchell-
A faculty for a new pulpit was submitted in 1951 and for an oak lectern in 1956. Since 1921 there had been hopes of a screen but by the 1960's another barrier between priest and congregation was no longer fashionable. Instead, in 1975 a nave altar was installed.
The 21st century brought new challenges to the congregation. Both the church and hall were in need of extensive renovation and upgrading to meet modern standards. John Cunnington architects were appointed to investigate the possibility of providing all the needs of the community on one site
Following Mass on 27th July 2008 all services moved to the hall and work commenced to redevelop the church building. Services returned to the church in July 2009 and the hall sold. A substantial amount of the costs being met by generous bequests from two parishioners Mary Dunnicliffe and Elsie Ellingworth.
Following this major redevelopment the parish is able to provide church and community facilities' within the one building. The result is a completely new liturgical space in the nave, with an (almost central) stone altar set on a stone sanctuary area, and all-
“minstrels, gallery”, created to house the acclaimed Roger Yates organ which has been restored and enlarged.
In the north aisle of the church there is 2-