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When I was inside St. Peter's Church I met the verger, who told me this is the oldest church in Nottingham. Apparently, that is debatable, as it is one of three old churches. However, it is undisputedly the oldest building in Nottingham, in continuous use.
The first chapel was built here in the late eleventh century to serve the Norman invaders who settled here in what was then the French part of town. In 1140, the church was burnt to the ground and the people seeking sanctuary here were massacred by Empress Matilda's invading army, during the civil war with King Stephen. The church was burnt down twice more, in 1153 and 1174. It was then rebuilt, in the Early English style, by the monks of Lenton. The spire was built in 1340. The church was badly damaged again in 1644 when Parliamentary troops bombarded Royalists who had taken refuge there.
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