St Peter's Church, Offord D'Arcy, Cambridgeshire
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An impressive medieval village church
St Peter’s, which is sedately set apart from the village and main road, contains a mixture of craftsmanship from several periods as artisans over the centuries have altered, enlarged and beautified the church; the earliest parts of which were built by the Normans nearly 900 years ago. Of great interest are the arcades which separate the nave from the aisles, the bold 12th century Norman piers to the north and the graceful south arcade with 14th century Decorated arches.
There is much to see here, including beautiful fourteenth-century stone carving in the south aisle's corbel faces and an angle piscina. Examples of the Early English style survive in the chancel; two lancet windows and a double piscina. Richard Nailour (died 1616), his two wives and many children are remembered in an alabaster monument, and a sixteenth-century rector in academic robes and a fourteenth-century knight in armour are commemorated by brasses. The splendid stained glass window made by William Glasby forms the Offord D’Arcy War Memorial together with the commemorative plaques beneath.
A tower of kings
A Norman church in a picturesque setting
A serene light-filled interior
There is a firm path through the churchyard with level entry into the porch. There is a ramp into the church.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water and toilet facilities.The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
4 miles south of Huntingdon, off B1043
Nearest railway station:
Huntingdon (3.2 miles)
History & Further 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 walkround guides we have for this churchCambridgeshire County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Cambridgeshire. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.
Useful local links:
- The Friends of St. Peter's, Offord d'Arcy: www.stpetersofforddarcy.co.uk
- Visit Cambridge tourism website: www.visitcambridge.org
- Cambridgeshire Family History Society: www.cfhs.org.uk
- Cambridgeshire Association for Local History: www.calh.org.uk
- Cambridgeshire history website: www.cambridgeshirehistory.com
- Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust: www.cambshistoricchurchestrust.co.uk