Whatcote, St Peter's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Late Saxon font
This happened when a couple were found to be living together out of wedlock. Villagers would gather outside their house, banging together metal objects to create a great clamour, and drive the unhappy couple from the parish. Its a much quieter place today, thankfully!
You enter the church through a 14th century porch and south doorway of the same date. The internal door arch is Norman, however. Just opposite the south doorway is a blocked north door of Norman date, flanked by 12th century windows, and framed by the arch of the doorway is a very simple late Saxon font, suggesting a much earlier church on the site. The font is unadorned, in a plain chalice shape.
Near the south door is a grave slab to John Neele (d. 1683) and his wife. Neele was a churchwarden, and one of the rights granted to wardens is that they and their families could be buried in the nave.
In front of the altar is a grave slab commemorating Mary Seagrave (d. 1773), wife of rector Thoma Seagrave. Mary had 6 children in 6 years with Thomas, and then died, whereupon Thomas left the village to become chaplain to the Earl of Northampton.
In the churchyard is one more item of great interest; a medieval preaching cross set on a stepped plinth. The cross shaft is topped by a later sundial (possibly 18th century).
Address: Church Lane, Whatcote, Warwickshire, England, CV36 5EB
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: At the end of Church Lane. Usually open daylight hours. Postcode CV36 5EE is better for satnavs
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Oxhill, St Lawrence Church - 1.3 miles (Historic Church)
Tredington, St Gregory's Church - 2.5 miles (Historic Church)
Halford, St Mary's Church - 2.6 miles (Historic Church)
Lower Brailes, St George's Church - 3.4 miles (Historic Church)
Upton House - 4.6 miles (Historic House)
Compton Verney House - 5.2 miles (Museum)
Compton Verney Chapel - 5.2 miles (Historic Church)
Ilmington, St Mary's Church - 5.6 miles (Historic Church)
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