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Church of the Month (January 2024)

The church of Holy Trinity, Kimberley, is the featured church for January 2024. The small town of Kimberley is 8 km (5 miles) north-west of Nottingham.

There was a medieval chapel in Kimberley until 1448 when the depopulated parish was united with Greasley. The chapel ruins had vanished by the early 19th century.

The expansion of industries such as coal mining, brewing and hosiery manufacture led to the rapid growth of the village and the need for a church to serve the district was recognized in the 1840s.

The church is in Early English style and was designed and built in 1846-7 (by Robert Barber of Eastwood under the supervision of Henry Isaac Stevens) of Bulwell stone with dressing made of stone from Coxbench in Derbyshire. It consists of nave, apsidal chapel and west bell turret; a vestry on the north was added in 1937.

A gallery over the west end of the nave is supported by cast-iron columns.

Stained glass in the three lancets of the sanctuary depicting the Crucifixion was installed in 1904 in memory of Robert Goodall Hanson. Hanson was head of the local brewing company, R. G. Hanson & Co. Ltd.

On the south wall of the nave there is a stained glass window in memory of Captain Sydney Hanson, of the South Notts Hussars, who drowned in May 1918 when HMS Leasowe Castle was sunk by a German submarine in the Mediterranean. His body was not recovered and he is remembered on the Chatby Memorial in Alexandria, Egypt.

The stained glass may be by Alexander Gascoyne.

Further information on the church can be found at the Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project website.