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St Peter's Church Alvescot

Alvescot Church

Welcome to St Peter's Church Alvescot. The church can be found just off the main road through the village, off Mill Lane, which is the turn by our linked St Peter's village school.

St Peter's church celebrated its 900 year centenary in 2010. Although some of the church building is 900 years old the site is likely to have been a place of worship for longer than this. Our small village church is cruciform in shape with a west tower. It is built of coursed limestone rubble with a Cotswold slate roof. In the bell tower, which was added in the 15th century, we are fortunate to have six fine bells, four dating from 1700s, one from 1859 and the last bell was donated in 1985.

The church was subject to major renovation in the 19th century when the roof was raised, a vestry built, pews inserted and some window glass replaced. The church looks today much the same as it has for the past hundred years.

The carved stone font dates from 13th century and is a century older than the altar stone. There are two large clear windows with diamond shaped panes, and four lovely stained glass windows. Two of these in the south transept were designed by Burne-Jones and depict the Three Graces and Christ the Sower and Ruth the Reaper. In the north transept is a window depicting the virgin and child set in an small lancet window. Above the altar is a large stained glass window depicting the Resurrection.

The churchyard is a beautiful, calm area. We have a conservation plan to nurture and care for the plants and animals there. There are tombs dating back to the 17th century and more recent graves which are visited regularly.

We are now restoring and developing our historically important church building so that it can remain a beautiful, viable community building for the next century, used by all. Plans are in hand to remedy the damp, improve the heating using a ground source heat pump and to provide the church with a cloakroom and servery. We strive to be as environmentally sustainable as possible and to increase awareness of the need to conserve energy and water and to obtain materials, goods and services from renewable sources.

Our Village
Alvescot has about 220 houses and over 400 adult residents. We have a popular pub (The Plough) and a thriving Infant's school. We are fortunate to also have a splendid children's play area and all weather sports pitch adjacent to our village hall.

Jayne Lewin 01993 842435 enquiries@burford-woodcraft.co.uk
Tessa Farley 01993 841357 tfarley@alvescot.demon.co.uk

Do come and visit us or join us for a service.