St Peter's Church, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
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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 eleventh 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, a sixteenth-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 gravestone 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.
10 February 2018 - 29 April 2018
Join us for an exhibition in cooperation with Kettle's Yard in Cambridge.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
Victorian decorative genius. A church from our finest shortlist.
There are a large number of steps up to the church through the churchyard, and no hand rail. There is a low step down into 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.
In centre of Cambridge, off Castle Street.
Nearest railway station: Cambridge (2 miles). Drummer Street Bus Station 10 minutes walk from church. Bus route 1A, 2, 5, 6, 55.
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walkround guides we have for this church.Cambridgeshire County Guide
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Cambridgeshire. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.
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