Welford on Avon, St Peter's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Saxon font bowl
The church dates to at least 1059, when the Earl of Gloucester granted the site to Deerhurst Priory in Gloucestershire. The monks of Deerhurst built a small stone church, but of that late Saxon building only the bowl of the ancient font remains. A new Norman church was erected between 1100 and 1170.
The nave arcades are 12th century, with scalloped capitals adorning the pillars. There is a 12th century window in the west wall, and a blocked Norman doorway in the north wall (exterior). The main south doorway has some 12th century stonework, mixed with l;ater medieval and modern repair work. The lowest part of the tower is 12th century.
We mentioned the Saxon font bowl earlier; the official church guide seems pretty definite that it is Saxon, though the English Heritage listed building information for St Peters says it is 13th century work. In truth it is very hard to tell, for the shape is extremely simple, with no carved decoration to give any stylistic evidence. The font base is certainly not Saxon; so it is possible that the base is 13th century but the bowl itself much earlier.
St Peter's is a beautiful building, full of interest, but for most visitors it is setting of the building, surrounded by medieval cottages, that will live in the memory. It will certainly stay in mine!
About Welford on Avon
Address: Church Street, Welford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England, CV37 8EN
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: At the bottom of Church Street, off the High Street. Parking along the street. The church was open when we visited.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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