Brooke, St Peter's Church
Brooke, St Peter's Church
Brooke is a small hamlet located on a minor road a few miles south of Braunston-in-Rutland. The parish church of St Peter boasts a beautifully carved Norman doorway. The nave arcade and the font are also Norman, while the tower was added in the 13th century.
Much of the interior, though, is Elizabethan, and remains blessedly unaltered since that time. For this reason St Peters was included in Betjeman's list of the top 100 cchurches in England. There are late 16th century oak furnishings, including panelled screens and box pews.

There is also an early 17th century marble tomb to Charles Noble (d. 1619). The north door is hung on a very unusual pair of iron hinges shaped like fishbones.

Eagle-eyed movie-goers will notice that St Peter's was used in a scene from the recent film adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice. Brooke church is included in the useful booklet The Rutland Church Trail, published by Rutland Tourism.