Architect A N W Pugin was commissioned to build this Roman Catholic cathedral, partly modelled on Croxton Abbey in Staffordshire, and it was completed in 1844. The highlight is Pugin’s lavish Blessed Sacrament Chapel, constructed in Decorated Gothic style, painted in rich colours and with a gilded altarpiece (restored in 1933). The rest of the church is much more restrained, reflecting changes in taste and some remodelling in the 1960s.
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Suitable for all child ages
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Induction loop, wheelchair available
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year daily 7am–7.30pm
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About The area
Most people associate Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands with the legend of Robin Hood, though the former royal hunting ground of Sherwood Forest has been somewhat tamed since Robin’s outlaw days. Traditionally, the county’s primary industry, alongside agriculture, was coal mining but it is also an oil producing area, and during World War II produced the only oil out of reach of the German U-Boats.
The county is divided between the old coalfields north of the city of Nottingham, the commuter belt of the Wolds to the south, Sherwood Forest and the great country estates known as the ‘Dukeries’. Towns of note are the river port and market town of Newark, which hosts major antiques fairs six times a year, and Southwell, known for the medieval minster with exquisite carvings of Sherwood Forest.
D H Lawrence was a Nottinghamshire man, born in Eastwood, the son of a miner and former schoolteacher. He grew up in poverty, and his book Sons and Lovers reflects the experiences of his early years. Other Nottinghamshire notables include Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant Archbishop; Jesse Boot, founder of the Boots pharmaceutical company; Henry Ireton, the man who singed Charles I’s death warrant; and Olympic skaters Torvill and Dean.
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