St Peter's Church, Draycott
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St Peter’s is a relative newcomer among the churches in the Cheddar Valley, consecrated in 1861. Nevertheless it has some interesting features, notably an intricate wrought iron rood screen (added in 1894), and some pleasing stained glass windows in the apse featuring the life of St Peter. The font (rather large for the church) is by the renowned Victorian architect William Burges, perhaps best known for Cardiff Castle. Intriguingly, how the font came to be in our church remains rather a mystery. Burges’ neo-gothic style is well illustrated by the carvings on its four sides, showing the ages of man.
An important change in the twentieth century was the removal of the pews, together with the installation of a kitchen area and toilet. This has made the church a highly flexible space for different formats of services, not to mention for social functions, concerts and the like (all of course in keeping with the serious purpose of the building). It also opens its doors to the adjacent Draycott and Rodney Stoke Church of England First School, whose pupils regularly use it for assemblies, end of term functions and the odd music practice.
The parish of Draycott is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Bath & Wells’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services