St Stephen with St Paul's Church
St Stephen with St Paul's Church

About St Stephen with St Paul's

Church History


St Stephen with St Paul's church grew out of a recognised need for mission in the growing community of Hyson Green more than 125 years ago. Today, while the landscape and diversity of the area has changed, Christ's love and teachings are as central and vital as ever to meeting the needs of our community.

St Paul's church on St Paul's Avenue, Hyson Green, was built in 1844 but by the 1880s a further church was needed in order to accommodate the growing population. The Nottingham Spiritual Aid and Church Extension Society, founded in 1882, funded a curate, the Rev Silas Edge, 

begin work in northern Hyson Green in September 1882. The church (right) was dedicated to St Luke and was opened on Thursday 6 December 1883 by the Bishop of Lincoln.

In November 1886 the name of this mission church was changed to St Simon's. The baptism register reads: ‘the name of this Mission Church was altered ... so as not to confuse with the old church of St Luke’s, Nottingham’.
The intention from the outset was that the iron church should be a temporary building, but there was no money available for erecting a permanent church, although in 1888 a parish room (now demolished) was built. However, the closure of St Stephen’s, Bunkers Hill, as a result of the clearance of the Charlotte Street area, provided an opportunity which the Church of England seized. The compensation
paid by the Great Central railway for demolishing the Bunkers Hill church and compulsorily purchasing the land on which it was built, was used to build a new, permanent church of St Stephen’s on the site of the mission church in Hyson Green.

Left: The laying of the foundation stone of St Stephen's church, Hyson Green, by the Bishop of Southwell’s wife, Lady Laura Ridding, on 20 May 1897, Ascension Day.

With the redevelopment of Hyson Green in the 1970s with falling congregation numbers at both St Stephen’s and St Paul’s, Southwell Diocese decided to fund only one full-time minister in Hyson Green. In September 1984 the Rev Glyn Jones was instituted vicar of both St Stephen’s and St Paul’s. and 1987 the two parishes were amalgamated as the joint parish of Hyson Green St Paul’s, and St Stephen’s, Nottingham.

In January 1990 St Stephen's with St Paul's was awarded a grant from the Church Urban Fund to develop the site with the building of The Vine community centre and social housing replacing allotments and the vicarage. The project was given a major boost when on 8 June 1990 Her Majesty The Queen, as Patron of the Church Urban Fund, and Prince Philip, visited the church. They were received by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, the Bishop of Southwell, and Sir Richard O’Brien, chairman of the fund, and they viewed various displays before unveiling a commemorative plaque.

(This history is taken from a longer article about St Stephen's from Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project)

The Parochial Church Council (PCC)

The PCC is responsible for the financial affairs of the church. It also has responsibility for the care and maintenance of the church fabric and its contents, through the churchwardens and other volunteers.The PCC has a voice in the forms of service used by the church and may make representations to the bishop and deanery synod on matters affecting the welfare and pastoral care of the parish. The PCC usually meets six times a year. Copies of the Annual Report and financial statements are available in church. Copies of the minutes are held in the church office.

Next PCC meeting

Wednesday 15 January 2020

In the Church Lounge starting at 7:30 p.m.




We are located at:


Bobbers Mill Road

Hyson Green




Tel:07368 867070




Office Opening hours

Tues - Friday 10am - 1pm

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