Codford St Peter Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 8th century Saxon cross shaft
The first written record of a church here comes in 1291, but there was clearly a much earlier building on the spot, for in the chancel is a beautifully carved Saxon cross shaft that may date to as early as the 8th century, shortly before 800AD. The lack of weathering suggests that the cross was always indoors.
The shaft is carved with the figure of a man amid foliage, with geometric designs. Though several theories have tried to interpret the meaning of the carvings, it is not really clear what they symbolise.
THE SAXON CROSS SHAFT
St Peter's was open when we visited - and thank goodness for that; we found it a wonderfully atmospheric church, and the combination of the Norman font and the Saxon cross shaft makes it well worth a visit.
THE NORMAN FONT
About Codford St Peter
Address: High Street, Codford St Peter, Wiltshire, England, BA12 0NQ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Parking along the High 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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