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.
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.
Entering through the main door and looking right to the chancel it seems to greet you.
Sampson Dedicated the Church to All Saints.
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.
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.