Bilborough Church

Before William the Conqueror and even in the Doomsday Book, there is no mention of a church at Bilborough. The first mention is in 1356 and the Parish seems to have had a priest in 1200.


St Martin’s Church- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.


South Entrance- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

Some notable people have graced this entrance, one being the founder of the Baptist church movement Thomas Helwyn. The most notable monument in the church is the Alabaster memorial to Sir Edmund Helwyn and his Daughter who died 1592.

All the Helwyn family worshiped at St Martins and here Thomas Helwyn married Joan Ashmoreon on 3rd December 1595.


Looking down the Nave- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

The inside of the original part of the church is small and how most people would think a small village church should be.

The Nave in the original body of the church is now only used occasionally. Services are now held in the extension built in 1972.


View of the new part of the church- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

The above photograph shows a view from the back of the modern extension looking towards the alter and font. The curtain hides the east end wall of the original church building.


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

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One Response to Bilborough Church

  1. Little Nell says:

    I was christened there in 1952! I recall my mother telling me that the name of one of the priests was Father Lavender. I’ve never been inside the church, as we moved away when I was small, so it was lovely to watch the video and see the actual font. My parents would have been one of the post-War young married couples to swell the congregation’s numbers.

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