Wilburton, St Peter's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 15th century timber roof
The south porch is very large, with a parvise (chamber for the priest) over the entry arch. The interior is lit by huge Perpendicular windows, creating a lovely, spacious ambience. The nave ceiling is supported by a quite wonderful 15th-century timber roof.
The roof beams are supported on corbels carved to represent kings and angels, while high above, the roof bosses are carved and painted, and the spandrels are decorated with cockerels. There is also a bronze cockerel suspended from the roof, in commemoration of St Peter.
In the nave is a very large, beautifully crafted, memorial brass to Richard Bole, Archdeacon of Ely (d. 1477). Against the south wall are further brasses to William Byron (d. 1516) and his wife, and John Hyll (d. 1506) with his wife Margaret, and their 7 children.
On the north wall are much-faded fragments of medieval wall paintings, including a St Christopher and figures of St Louis, St Michael, and St George. The north transept houses a Victorian chapel to members of the Pell family.
There is a very nice 15th-century rood screen, decorated with figures of a gryphon and dragon, and a pair of Green Men.
About Wilburton, St Peter's Church
Address: Church Lane, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire, England
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Off the A1123 1 mile east of Haddenham
Photo Credit: Kim Fyson, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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