St Peter's Church, Wolfhamcote, Warwickshire

Address: Wolfhamcote, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 8AR
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A church with a hard shell and a soft heart

This remote Medieval church sprawls across its rough-tufted churchyard, the sole survivor of the lost village of Wolfhamcote that lies buried to the north.

Close to the church are two abandoned railways and a flourishing canal. Its crooked windows, stout buttresses and multicoloured patchwork stone give it a tough, almost brutish appearance, but inside it is ordered and serene.

Limewashed walls scatter light from huge windows on the church’s treasures – a beautifully carved 14th-century screen, a Queen Anne Royal Arms, a Victorian Hood mausoleum and a collection of oak benches. The beamed roof of the chancel is a rustic marvel.

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Road directions

4 miles north west of Daventry; access off A425 Daventry to Southam road via country lane through the villages of Flecknoe and Nethercote; signs to Wolfhamcote along gated farm track to church

Public transport information

Nearest railway stations: Long Buckby (7 miles), Rugby (9 miles).

OS Reference No.

SP 530 653

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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 iconA walk round guide for St Peter's Church, Wolfhamcote (PDF, 507kb)

This short, full colour walk round guide contains a floor plan of the church and highlights of things to see during your visit. You can purchase a printed copy of this from the church (50p) or download in advance (free/optional donation).


PDF iconNorthamptonshire & Warwickshire County Guide (PDF, 4.6mb)

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

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Comments

  1. Brenda Hillier (07 Dec 2013, 09:57)

    I knew nothing about this church before I visited. I often explore and get deliberately "lost" around Coventry, where I live. I came via Flecknoe (what a lovely name), and just folloed my nose.
    What a lovely spot. It was a golden autumn afternoon, and I took may photos. I then noticed the humps and bumps in the field opposite, and was certain it was the remains of a village. Correct! Am enjoying researching this.

  2. dee (06 Feb 2014, 16:47)

    My husband found the church by accident while walking the dog from the canal. We didn't go inside because of the weather but from the outside it is a stunning building. We hope to return in the better weather so we can look around the inside

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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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Community information for St Peter's Church, Wolfhamcote

 

All our Warwickshire churches are in CCT’s West region.

Find out more about Wolfhamcote Church on the website of the Friends group

In 1970 The Friends of Wolfhampcote Church were formed under the chairmanship of Sir John Betjeman, C.B.E., the Poet Laureate.

Useful local links 

Visit Coventry tourism website 

Visit Warwick tourism website 

Enjoy Warwickshire website 

Warwick Castle website 

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust 

Shakespeare County website

The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry  

Divine Inspiration website

A list of churches in Warwickshire 

Warwickshire is in the Diocese of Coventry and the Diocese of Birmingham

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, Wolfhamcote, Warwickshire

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.

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.