St Peter’s Church | Urban Exploring

With a permission visit to this beautiful church that lays in the back of someone yard, we explored St Peter’s.

A medieval parish church, dating mainly from the 14th and 15th centuries, which is now in ruins. The church originally had a round tower, which collapsed in 1906, and was heavily restored in the late 19th century. The church was closed for services in 1935.

St Peter’s Church has long been in ruin and what remains shows that it was mostly Perpendicular with the nave and chancel dating from the 15th century. There is a suggestion that, even further back in time, the church’s origins rest in Late Saxon times. The church was heavily restored in 1874 by the Burroughs family but its once-proud round tower, with an octagonal tope, collapsed in 1906 and the church was abandoned in 1936 in favour of St Andrew’s close by.

It was the tower that led to the demise of the building. One night in 1906, it collapsed into the nave. At first, the gap was merely boarded up, but, not surprisingly, this was found to be unsatisfactory, and in 1936 the remains of the congregation finally decamped up the road to St Andrew. The building has been left to decay since then, pretty much, quietly returning back to nature. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. It is hard to see beyond its restoration, but this must have been a little Norman church, perhaps with a 13th-century chancel.

Victorian tiling forms an aisle up the middle to the off-center chancel arch. The roof timbers are mostly still in place, although completely unsafe. There are broken ledger stones, and you can see into the vault beneath the chancel floor.

Simon Wilson

Footage of the explore below

Edited by Charlene Lowe Kemp

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