St Peter's Church is an active church community, but sadly the church building is currently closed due to a fall of plaster and won't be able to re-open until this has been repaired and COVID-19 security requirements are put in place. In pre-COVID times, we enjoyed vibrant worship and enjoyed refreshments and one another's company after services - we very much look forward to those times returning in the not too distant future - you can be sure of a very warm welcome!
This nationally important ancient building is the focus of a major fundraising campaign to carry out extensive, urgent repairs and renovations to enhance its role in the centre of the village community of Forncett St Peter. Please help if you can: https://forncett.info/help-us-save-forncett-st-peter%E2%80%99s-church.html
St Peter's is the parish church - a wonderful Grade 1 listed jewel nestled in the heart of Forncett. Its Saxon round tower, built circa 1000AD, is one of the best in the country. There are other Saxon/Norman features. Much of the main building is of later, mainly 14th and 15th century date. If visiting, look out for:
1485 Drake Tomb
carved pew ends
fine ledger slabs in the chancel and nave
good examples of Victorian coloured glass windows
a unique staircase in the tower (access by appointment)
and the ring of six bells (Teams of bellringers wishing to practice at St Peter's should contact the Churchwarden Mrs Gilly Barnes (01508 813055)
The church has connections with William Wordsworth, whose sister lived in the Rectory with her Uncle the Revd William Cookson who was the Rector.