1345, May, 6th: Sampson de Strelley`s building, All Saints Strelley

Strelley, May 6th 1345

Today I was strolling around the village and there seemed to be lots going on. I had heard that Sampson Strelley Lord of the Manor, was going to rebuild the church from what was left of the Old Tower. There seemed to be masons, and Carts carrying sandstone from the Quarries and men everywhere.


All Saints- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

In the days before the Strelley family, it is mentioned in the Doomsday Book that there was a Priest living in Strelley called Godric.

So in early Strelley the priest Godric must have taken Mass somewhere else but the only thing that has come to light is a Saxon Cross not far from the Hall.


View from entrance- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

Entering through the main door and looking right to the chancel it seems to greet you.

Sampson Dedicated the Church to All Saints.


Looking towards the chancel- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

Sampson de Strelley II rebuilt the church as an act of gratitude; thanking God that he had survived the Black plague of 1348.

The village lost a lot of its population during the Plague and while the church was being built we worshipped in the Nave.


looking back towards the font- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

The Font, designed by Pugin, is situated at the rear of the nave in the base of the Tower.

The font has six sides sparsely decorated and stands on seven supports with continuous flowing double arches concaved above and convexed below.


Article originally published by Peter Woodward of My Broxtowe Hundred Journal Website. 

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Originally formed in 1965 to try to save or at least record before destruction the cave sites continually discovered during the major redevelopment of the City that took place in Nottingham in the 1960′s. Almost every day new sites were unearthed and destroyed before anyone was notified; last thing they wanted was someone telling them to stop what they were doing; TIME is MONEY. The word HIDDEN in the Team’s title is because a lot of what was being invisibly lost in the redevelopment was our early history in the caves, they are under most, if now all, of Nottingham. In the 80’s and 90’s the Team conducted with the help of Dr Robert Morrell and Syd Henley, research and work on Nottingham’s history, folklore and local archaeology. The Team published quarterly magazines on their findings. The Team lapsed for a few years after the death of Paul Nix who was the team leader for thirty plus years. The Team has reformed and is now back working on Nottingham local history. On this blog you will find a series of history, folklore and archaeological related articles and information. Most of the material published will be specifically related to Nottingham/shire local history.
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