Stoke Lacy, St Peter & St Paul Church
Stoke Lacy, St Peter & St Paul Church
A medieval church much rebuilt in 1863 by architect FR Kempson, whose father was the rector from 1839-1858. The oldest part of the church is the chancel arch, which dates to the 12th century, at a time when the manor was held by the De Lacy family. We do not know exactly when the church was built, but it must have been before 1279 when the first rector, John of Bristol, is recorded.
A later rector, James Rawlins (1625-1661) was described in a Puritan survey of 1642 as a 'vayne man who seldom precheth'.The building consists of a nave and chancel with a west tower. Six bells hang in the tower, with the oldest dating to 1350. The 16th century chancel screen, which may have been brought here from another church, is beautifully carved. So too are the choir stalls in the chancel which, though late Victorian, incorporate pieces of much ealier carving. Most of the memorials date to the 19th century and the two World Wars.

St Peter and St Paul, Stoke Lacy
St Peter and St Paul, Stoke Lacy
The Morgan Connection
The church has associations with the Morgan motor car; the auto designer's father and grandaftether both served as rectors of Stoke Lacy. Prebendary Henry Morgan was rector for 5 decades, from 1887 to 1937, and it is thought the the first prototype Morgan three-wheeled car was built in the rectory garage here.

As you pass through the south porch, pause and examine the small stained glass windows on either side. They are set with modern glass depicting Peter Morgan and several of the motor cars that made the marque famous. One window was the gift of Morgan enthusiasts from around the world who contributed money to the cost. The other, on the west wall, is a memorial to John and Bridget Leavens of the USA 'and all those who have experienced the love and friendship engendered by the Morgan car'.

Peter Morgan stained glass, south porch
Morgan stained glass, south porch
Leavens memorial window glass
Leavens memorial window glass
16th century oak screen
16th century oak screen
Carving detail, chancel screen
Carving detail, chancel screen
Iron-bound parish chest
Iron-bound parish chest
The plain medieval font
The plain medieval font
The finely carved Victorian pulpit, c. 1864
The finely carved
Victorian pulpit, c. 1864
Rector Thomas Griffith memorial, 1800
Rector Thomas Griffith
memorial, 1800