United Reformed Church
51 High Pavement, Sutton in Ashfield, NG17 1BU
This Grade II-listed church was formerly a Congregational church and has had a worshipping community since 1651. The current church building was completed in 1906 and built in the Gothic free style. In addition to regular worship at the United Reformed Church, there is a high level of community use and this was an important aspect that greatly helped in obtaining funding to put the new roof in place in 2019.
The architects, Messrs. G. Baines and Son, of London, and the builder, Mr J. Greenwood, of Mansfield, created the Victorian church where the brickwork is perfectly parallel and a national example of good practice. Contained within the church are some unique features such as an organ in its original unaltered condition, and curved pews that form ripples from the pulpit. The seating is made of pitch pine, while the pulpit and communion rails are English oak. A mallet and trowel, the former made out of oak from the old church in King Street, were presented to Mr Alliott at the foundation stone laying, and a solid silver key to Mrs Alliott at the opening. A fascinating fact is £200 was donated for a new organ costing £400 by American millionaire and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, installed on November 13, 1906.
How to get there
By car: Exit at junction 28 on the M1 and follow the A38 and Kirkby Road to the church.
By train: Sutton Parkway station (1.2 miles).
Parking: New Street car park, NG17 1BW; Market car park, NG17 2LS.