Inside and out of Ilkeston’s Catholic church in 1927

Our Lady and St Thomas of Hereford Roman Catholic Church from the road
Our Lady and St Thomas of Hereford Roman Catholic Church from the road

IN a Memory Lane special this week, we feature three shots of an Ilkeston church taken both inside and outside in the 1920s.

Regular Memory Lane contributor Tony Leivers submitted this set of three pictures of Our Lady and St Thomas of Hereford Roman Catholic Church, which still stands in Nottingham Road.

The pews at Our Lady and St Thomas of Hereford Roman Catholic Church in 1927

The pews at Our Lady and St Thomas of Hereford Roman Catholic Church in 1927

The two interior shots show the pews and altar as they were in 1927 – about six years after the church was built around an older church.

The third shot, taken from outside, shows that not a lot has changed in more than 80 years.

Tony said: “If your readers would like to comment about any of my pictures they can contact me on virginmeda.com@virginmedia.com, and I will reply to everyone that does.”

According to Ilkeston Local History Society, the church is made of Darley Dale stone and the architect was Charles W. Hunt. The tower, said to be based on St. Dunstan-iun-the-East in London, was the final part to be added.

Our Lady and St Thomas of Hereford Roman Catholic Church altar.

Our Lady and St Thomas of Hereford Roman Catholic Church altar.