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St Peter, East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire

East Bridgford, Nottingham, UK (52°58′44″N, 0°58′23″W)
East Bridgford
SK 695 433
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Nottinghamshire
now Nottinghamshire
  • Simon Kirsop
16th July 2003

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Feature Sets

East Bridgford is a village about 10 miles east of Nottingham on the south side of the river Trent. The church of St Peter is an 11thc building rebuilt in the 13thc and later much restored. It consists of a nave with N and S aisles, chancel and W tower. Altered in the 14thc with the addition of the aisles and porch, a new E window was added in the 15thc. The tower was rebuilt in 1778 and new chancel windows were installed in 1862. The only remaining Romanesque feature is a corbel table.


There was a Saxon church present on the site and it was recorded in the Domesday survey. It was destroyed by fire, rebuilt and again rebuilt in the 13th century with the assistance of the chapter of Rouen Cathedral.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration

Corbel tables, corbels

It seems likely that the corbel table is an in-situ 12thc feature and is somewhat unusual in design. Du Boulay-Hill claims that the corbel table no longer occupies its original position, dates it to the 13thc and says it was reset either in the 14thc or later. Both Du Boulay-Hill and Cox both refer to a corbel table discernable on the north wall of the chancel, but it appears to have vanished (unless its location was incorrectly reported in 1903 and then used as the basis for later reports).

Of the Saxon period there are two pieces of a cross remaining. One section now acts as a credence table in the S aisle whilst the other is built into an exterior buttress on the SE corner of the S aisle (see The Corpus: East Bridgford 1a-b (chacklepie.com and The Corpus: East Bridgford 2 (chacklepie.com). This early evidence would accord well with the long documented history of the site.


Anon., St Peter's Church, East Bridgeford, Nottinghamshire. Revised January 2003.

J C Cox, County Churches: Nottinghamshire (London, 1912), 43-44.

A Du Boulay-Hill, 'East Bridgeford', Transactions of the Thoroton Society 7 (London 1903), 108-110.

N Pevsner & E Williamson, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire, 2nd edn. (London, 1979, reprinted 1997), 112.