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Article adapted from St Peter's Jubilee programme and a later newsclip
St Mark's Church

After closure as a church this building was for sometime used as a nursery school
St Mark's Church in Highfield Road

In 1936 a new hall was built in Highfield Road as a Mission Hall for St Peter’s Church, when the Reverend P B Spriggs was vicar there. It is built of brick, erected according to the plans of Mr. Paul J. J. Panter, and was built by Mr. Robert Marriott. The design of the hall is in the form of a letter "T". It consists of a main hall capable of seating about 300 people, and has a platform at the further end approached by three steps. Behind the corridor at the rear of the platform is a large assembly room capable of division into two class-rooms by the use of folding doors. The Hall has kitchen accommodation and cloak rooms. This building was dedicated by the Right Rev. Bishop Blagden on the twenty-ninth anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St. Peter. At this ceremony, accompanying the Diocesan, was the Right Rev. Bishop Lang, Archdeacon of Oakham, in whose Archdeaconry the parish is situated. That day was both dark and dreary, and at the dedication the Bishop said: "It is a dark December day, but in this place are light and hope for the future." Then, on October 10th, 1954, the Hall was hallowed and renamed by the late Bishop Spencer Leeson, at a service attended by 100 people. The Reverend E T Hughes said he would conduct “Holy Communion on the last Sunday of each month” at St Mark’s and it would also be used for funeral services and baptisms.

Extract from the 1957 Golden Jubilee Programme:

St Mark's Church - New furnishings were acquired, which included a very fine carved Holy Table and Reredos, Pulpit, Communion Rails and Kneelers.

The Holy Table and Reredos, a gift from Sister Branch, our late lady worker.

The Credence Table, which was formerly the Holy Table when it was Highfield Hall, was a gift from a devoted Mother and is suitably inscribed.

St Mark's was closed in 1980, and the congregation joined St Peter's Church. The building was sold, and is now a day nursery.


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