St Michael's Church, Sutton Bonington

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Coordinates: 52°49′26″N 1°15′11″W / 52.824°N 1.253°W / 52.824; -1.253

St. Michael's Church
St Michael Bonington 1.jpg
The church as viewed from Main Street
Location Main Street, Bonington
Denomination Church of England
History
Dedication St. Michael
Architecture
Status parish church
(United with St. Anne's)
Functional status active
Heritage designation Grade II
Listed building
Designated 13 Oct 1966
Administration
Parish Sutton Bonington
(pre-1923: Bonington)
Diocese Southwell and Nottingham
Province York
Clergy
Priest in charge Revd. Michael BROCK
Laity
Churchwarden(s) Mrs B Clarke
Miss S Ward

St. Michael's Church is a parish church in the Church of England in Sutton Bonington, Nottinghamshire.

The church is a 13th-century Grade II Listed building.[1]

History[edit]

The church viewed from the rear

Sutton Bonington has two medieval churches, a result of the merging of the two original villages (Sutton and Bonington); they are St. Michael's Church (Bonington's church) and St Anne's Church (Sutton's church, located down St Anne's Lane).[1] St Michael's is the larger (and much taller) of the two churches.

The two ancient ecclesiastical parishes of Sutton and Bonington were united for civil purposes in 1829 and combined in 1923 into one ecclesiastical parish (with one rector appointed from 1950).[2] St. Michael's Rectory, situated on the other side of the Midland Main Line, is now used by the University of Nottingham, who have a large campus just north of the village, to house postgraduate students. Related to the situation of the two original parishes, Sutton and Bonington are separate manors, named after their churches — St. Anne and St. Michael respectively.

Present day[edit]

Regular services continue to be held in both churches. The current priest in charge (for both churches in Sutton Bonington) is Glenn Martin, who is also the priest in charge of the neighbouring parish of Normanton on Soar (with its Grade I Church of St. James).

Bells[edit]

The tall church tower has a peal of six bells. Originally the peal consisted of just 3 bells, cast by Henry Oldfield’s foundry in Nottingham, two of which remain and the oldest dates back to 1579 and is the second oldest bell Nottinghamshire. Two more bells were added in 1849/50 and a sixth bell in 1977 purchased for the sum of £320 from St Andrews church Watton at Stone Hertfordshire[3] to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The weights of the bells range from 4cwts 86 lbs (treble) to 17cwts 97 lbs (tenor). The installation has recently been restored by John Taylor & Co, a large bell foundry in nearby Loughborough who cast a number of the bells.[4] The bells are rung for Sunday morning services and at fortnightly practice sessions.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rushcliffe Borough Council Conservation Areas: Sutton Bonington
  2. ^ Sutton Bonington Local History Society Remember Sutton Bonington
  3. ^ Parish Magazine, Parish Lines September 2013 Page 9/10
  4. ^ Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers Sutton Bonington