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History

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-of-ease serving the mother church of St Leodegarius , Basford. It did not become a parish in its own right until 1902 although an application to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for it to be upgraded to a parish had been made as early as May 1877.


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 1923-4 to the existing building. The Lady Chapel  contained  a Roll of Honour of all 176 parishioners who lost their lives in the Great War. As it turned out a larger church was not needed as congregations declined thereafter, and from 1936 the new church of St Martin 's  Sherwood catered for the expanding population in the northern part of the parish.


The Rev. H P H Burchell-Herne of Trinity College, Cambridge was in 1870 ordained to be Curate of Carrington and remained here to 1872 but received no salary. However when the chancel and organ chamber was added he gave the organ a 7.4.1. Father Willis. Prior to this singing had been accompanied a harmonium assisted by violin, Cello and a flute. This continued in use until 1949 when it was replaced by the current instrument, a Roger Yates house organ. This was installed in a small chamber which used to separate the chancel with the north aisle Lady Chapel by Hill Norman and Beard. The Fr Willis organ was sold and later installed in St. John the Baptist Church, Colwick.


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
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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-new liturgical furniture. The Lady Chapel  being  relocated to what was the chancel and at the west end a
“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-storey development of rooms and community spaces, the upstairs large hall with commercial-standard catering facilities. New toilet facilities and a lift have also been installed and on the ground floor the rooms have access to a kitchenette .  A new entrance to the building has been created providing a new welcoming area along with a parish office.