St Nicolas Church
The church can usually be accessed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9.30am-12.30pm and at other times by arrangement.
The foundation of St Nicolas, Nuneaton, a grade one listed building, can be traced back to the 12th Century and the Church contains gems of architectural and ecclesiastical interest for many historical periods. 14th Century decoration work survives in the Leeke Chapel and there is a fine late 15th Century oak ceiling with Tudor rose emblems, other roof boss work and a medieval five wounds of Christ.
St Nicolas Church
The oldest part of the present building is in the Leeke chapel and dates from about 1350 when the church was rebuilt in the reign of Edward III. The nave roof and clerestory windows date from around 1500 and the line of the previous roof can still be seen on the wall at the west end of the nave.
St Nicolas was until the mid-19th Century the parish church for the whole of Nuneaton. There is evidence of the old 18th Century galleries and the chancel was extended in 1853. There are numerous memorials including a large one to Sir Marmaduke Constable (1560).
St. Nicolas is closely associated with the writings of George Eliot appearing as Milby church in Scenes of Clerical Life. The churchyard includes the grave of an African Chief, who died at the vicarage in 1864. The bells, the oldest of which dates from 1703, includes a ring of six originals.
Now linked to the adjacent Community Centre, St. Nicolas can be visited during the Centre’s office hours. The Church has recently been re-ordered with new seating and additional rooms. The raised dais has enabled the re-use of the old Elizabethan Communion table. A history of the church is available for purchase.
The main Sunday service is at 10.30 am; for further details contact the church on 02476 344553 orlook at the Church website.