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St Peter's Church

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St Peter's Church

Address/Location

Castle Hill
Cambridge
Cambs
CB3 0AJ

Contact

Tel: 01223 324442

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.

Opening Times

Opening Times (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
Monday09:0012:00*
Tuesday11:0017:00*
Wednesday11:0017:00*
Thursday11:0017:00*
Friday11:0017:00*
Saturday11:0017:00*
Sunday11:0017:00*

* Free entry (donations welcome)

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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