St Peter's Church, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Address: Castle Hill, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 0AJ
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Open Tuesday - Sunday, 11.00am - 5.00pm & Monday 9.00am -12.00pm; at other times a key is available from Kettle's Yard Gallery next door to the church.
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Saxon mermen in the smallest church in Cambridge

The tiny, tall-spired St Peter’s is tucked away in a quiet corner of Cambridge with ancient trees in the churchyard.

This simple building is a haven of tranquillity from the busy streets around it. It was originally built in the 11th-century, and traces of its Saxon past survive in the form of two lovely carved doorways and the stone font, decorated with four mermen grasping their split tails. Mermen may have an ancient link to St Peter, patron saint of fishermen.

The church was rebuilt in Georgian times, and is a simple, elegant gem of a building. There is a charming weathervane outside with the initials AP on it; these are said to be those of Andrew Perne, an 18th-century Dean of Ely.

An unnamed grave stone, dated February 1681 lies in a quiet corner of the churchyard. The grave could have belonged to someone who died in the second wave of plague that devastated the local area around this time. But what’s unusual and quite poignant about this grave stone is that it’s in the shape of a heart.

With the homely domestic architecture of the neighbouring houses, including Kettle’s Yard Museum next door, and the quaint buildings of the Cambridge Folk Museum nearby, this corner of Cambridge has an almost rural feel, in contrast to the grandeur of the city's more famous sights.

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Road directions

In centre of Cambridge, off Castle Street.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Cambridge (2 miles). Drummer Street Bus Station 10 minutes walk from church. Bus route 1A, 2, 5, 6, 55.

OS Reference No.

TL 445 592

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

PDF iconCambridgeshire County Guide (PDF, 4.8mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Cambridgeshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. LJ Hutchins (19 Jul 2012, 17:33)

    A beautiful gem just next to Kettle's Yard, with the key available from the gallery shop. Peaceful with a wonderful wild churchyard. If you're in the area it's a must-visit, like stepping away from the city and deep into the countryside

  2. J King (17 Sep 2012, 07:34)

    I took my class of 10 year olds into this beautiful church when visiting Kettles Yard. They loved its space, light and peacefulness as much as the adults did. Lots of great sketches were produced, inside and out.

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Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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St Peter's Church, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as ‘Keyholder nearby’, this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

There are a large number of steps up to the church through the churchyard, and no hand rail.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.