St Peter's Pavenham

St Peters PavenhamSt Peter's is a fine and fascinating old 13th century (possibly 12th century) stone church that has examples of three phases of medieval architecture: Early English; Decorated and Perpendicular. Later additions and repairs have altered the building further. The 8 sided spire sits on a square tower with no parapet. There are 5 bells within the tower.

Inside there is an organ loft and gallery at the west end. Clear windows (only one has some stained glass) give plenty of light to the interior but an unusual feature is the dark carved oak 17th century wall panelling obtained from other properties and from furniture panels and installed during Victorian times. Also look out for a Green Man corbel. Floor levels vary and no two walls are parallel. Stone 13th century coffin slabs can be found in the gently sloping floor of the chancel.

Although an ancient building, St Peter's has been fitted in recent times with a disabled standard toilet and a kitchen area and an effective heating system. A sound system is installed.

It is surrounded by a spacious churchyard which is still open to new burials. The church is usually only open when there are services, or when other work is being done there. If you wish to look around the church and you find it locked, then please contact a churchwarden or the vicar.


For a fuller history of Pavenham and St Peter's church, click here