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St Peter's has a fine display of Perpendicular period Nave and Chancel windows. The walls were raised in height and the windows added in 1400. The Tower collapsed in 1677, it seems a lesser tower took its place (J.R.Ladbrook 1822 drawing shows that. The west wall was thoroughly rebuilt in 1902, it has a large 'bell cote' above the nave ridge. The East window is Victorian. A 'holy water' stoop existed in the porch until mid 16th c.. A cut-off grave slab lies in the porch.
The font was damaged by the fall of the tower and was restored by re-cutting and some replacement. The south door is 15th C. The roof timbers have been painted in a pattern of red and cream under the instruction of the German wife of Rector James Milne(1898-1929).
The screen is without the upper part, the lower panels are in good condition. 8 medieval painting of saints decorate it, it was disfigured probably in the Reformation era. The saints are thought to be St Antony, St Edmund,St Benedict, St George, St Giles, St Laurence and unknown figures perhaps Bishops. The panel above the pulpit are derived from the screen with paintings of St Peter and 2 figures of unknown nature.
The Chancel was restored in 1877 by the Revd Griffith (Rector 1881-1897)
The church has an extensive graveyard (almost full) with a range of interesting monuments.
On the outside of the south wall is an inscription 'All you who do this place passby. Remember death for you must die,so once was I, and as I am so you must be. Therefore prepare to follow me'
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