Stretton Church

Stretton Church, Rutland - St Nicholas

For more than 900 years people have met in our ancient building: to sing, pray, learn and encourage one another in our faith. Over the centuries many changes have been made to our Grade 2 listed building, which dates from the 11th century.  Walls have been rebuilt, the roof replaced, a door blocked up.  Most of the woodwork is nineteenth century.  You can read more of the history of our church at St Nicholas is reputed to be the oldest church in Rutland with history dating back to 11th century.

We were recently awarded a £100,000 grant from FCC Community Fund, and also £105,000 mostly from other grant giving bodies, including £35,000 from Mick George Ltd and The National Lottery. These have enabled it to be refurbished and upgraded to provide a combined church and community hub. 

The Victorian nave pews have been removed but Elizabethan pews remain in the transepts. This has created a large space which can still be used for worship, but is also able to be used for many other events and functions. A new wooden floor, much need loo (with baby changing facilities) and servery has been installed, and the whole space is wheelchair-friendly. The organ has been refurbished and relocated, as has the font, creating an intimate area for christenings. We now have a modern and flexible heating system and stackable seating.

Whilst St Nicholas will remain primarily a place of worship, the much improved and flexible layout has given the village of Stretton a place to hold concerts and show films, host clubs, children's parties and many other activities. The church has also become a centre for the heritage of the local area.


Churchwarden:  Jonathan Pattison.  email:

Stretton Village Website