Know Your Village - Mapperley Church (1851-1966)
Although many of the parishioners were hoping for a replacement stone church, this proved impossible due to the unstable ground. The appointed architect was Mr B. Widdows who had to solve three important basic problems, to provide a building of sufficient size and quality, with a structure suitable for a site from under which coal had recently been extracted. The solution was a light weight 'A' framed building built on a reinforced concrete raft, capable of a certain amount of flexing without causing serious structural damage. A steep pitched building with laminated timber trusses provided the weight and flexibility desired. These were anchored to the raft with hinged brackets, allowing the building to 'settle'. Large amounts of glass were used as a weight saving solution, also giving the view from inside the church of the surrounding countryside, intended to emphasise the association between God's creation and man's worship.
Planning the interior was also kept simple by keeping the number of interior walls to a minimum. Saving further weight on the foundations was achieved by having no chancel or choir between the congregation and the sanctuary. Thus allowing worshippers to be part of, and not separate from the sacrament area at the altar.
A black wall-mounted cross was designed to remind parishioners of the effect that local industry had brought to the village.
Finally the Right Reverend Geoffrey Francis Allen, Lord Bishop of Derby, carried it the Service of Dedication for the Church of the Holy Trinity on Saturday, 2nd April 1966.
As is customary at these events, the Bishop knocked three times on the closed doors with his pastoral staff.
The doors were opened wide and the Architect presented the keys of the church to the Bishop, who then entered the building and performed the service of dedication and thanksgiving, giving back to the village a place of worship that had been missed for many years. This modern church brought visitors from far and wide wanting to see this modern new landmark.
FURNISHING OF THE NEW CHURCH
One hundred and fifty people have helped Mrs. E Beardsley collect sufficient money to purchase hassocks, hymn books for both congregation and choir, and new psalters for the choir. The family of the late Mr & Mrs A Martin have contributed a hand-bound lectern/pulpit. Bible in the revised standard version. Four sets of cassocks and surplices have been presented by Mr R Richardson, who has received a number of donations for this purpose.
The Cross and Altar Candlesticks have been made by Mr. H England, who lives in West Hallam, and he has been most generous in the help he has given.
The Church Council have bought a steel filing cabinet for parish documents, a small steel wall safe for alms, and had had the whole of the approach to the church doors laid with tarmac.
All this shows a splendid sense of the importance of what is happening in Mapperley, and we feel sure it will encourage others to maintain and improve their impressive church.
FURTHER NOTES WRITTEN BY REV G.C.SPENCER IN MAY 1966
There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that, the Dedication of our new church was an occasion to remember. In the first place, there was a blizzard. Then the actual service was impressive and unimpaired by any accident. The Sung Communion of the Palm Sunday morning, at which the Bishop celebrated, showed how well the design of the building helped our worship together. The position of the celebrant behind the altar has met with general acceptance, and has been found to be more helpful. The nearness of the congregation to the altar uninterrupted by choirstalls, has also helped to make us feel we are doing something together as one family.
Derby Diocesan News May 1966
Mapperley has lost its pit and gained a fine modern church of the Holy Trinity, thanks to mining subsidence which wrecked its 1851 predecessor. Dedicated by the Bishop on April 2nd, its picture window is double-glazed to retain heat. With no chancel, the choir at the back, and a combined pulpit-lectern, the congregation are not separated from the open Ancaster stone Communion table. A black cross on the wall is a reminder of the village’s debt to coal, and the organ and some tablets survive from the old church.
September 1966 Rev G C C Spencer writes:-
Stained Glass Windows
One is very careful in these days of using stained glass in churches, partly because of expense, and partly because the trend now is for churches with clear glass in the windows.
However, there are occasions when it is quite proper to have a certain quantity of it in church. We have received an offer from the National Coal Board of the glass panels which used to be in the window over the large staircase of the Mapperley Colliery Offices. These were removed to Eastwood Hall when the colliery closed, and now that the whole area is closing, and Eastwood Hall is no longer required, the Board have generously given us the panels so that they remain permanently in the village.
They are delightful pictures. The representations are of early mining in Germany, and the colours are subdued and pleasant. There are twelve in all, and together they provide an education for any child in the methods of this early craft. And what more suitable place than an old mining village for them?
It has been thought fitting that the old font should be erected in the churchyard in a prominent position, and arranged to hold flowers. We are most grateful to Mr James, who has undertaken this work, and has made a thoroughly sound job of it.
Derby Evening Telegraph - April 1, 1966
The Stone Alter in Mapperley New Church 1 April 1966
The New Church A new lightweight "A" framed building was designed by architect B. Widdows. It was built on a reinforced concrete raft, and was capable of flexing without causing serious structural damage to the church.
A high steep pitched building was approved, built with laminated timber trusses and anchored to the raft with hinged brackets. Large amounts of glass were used especially on the south side to reduce the weight. The interior was kept simple to avoid the building of a heavy dividing wall. A black, wall mounted cross was designed to remind the parishioners of the effect the coal industry had brought to the village.
The service of dedication for the church of the Holy Trinity was conducted on Saturday 12th April 1966.
Inside the Church (window view) Looking through the large south facing window there is a fine view down the valley. Looking towards Mapperley crossroads and the West Hallam Bottle Kiln. The distant bridge carried the Midland Railways mineral line, transporting the coal from Mapperley colliery to Stanton. Built 1875