Long Compton, St Peter and St Paul's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
While there is no way to verify the truth of these legends, we are on safer ground when it comes to the current church of St Peter and St Paul. It is largely a 13th century building, of local stone, composed of a three-stage western tower, south porch, north aisle, nave, chancel, and chantry chapel.
The nave is the oldest part of the church, to which the chancel was added in the late 13th century, and the north aisle around 1300. The nave roof was raised to add a clerestory in the 15th century. A modern gallery has been added, which is no doubt useful for the parishioners, but does strike a rather jarring note, with its gleaming wood and glass looking rather odd in its medieval setting.
The most easily recognizable aspect of Long Compton is the striking half-timbered brick and thatch lych gate. This 17th century building was for most of its life the end of a row of terraced cottages. The other cottages were destroyed, but this one survived. It functioned as a shop, and private residence, until in 1964 it was given to the church. The upper room is now used by the local historical society.
Free, but donation requested
About Long Compton
Address: Long Compton, Cotswolds, Warwickshire, England
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On the A3400, in the centre of Long Compton
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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