St Peter

This limestone Grade I listed church stands in a small village at the foot of Dumbleton Hill.

About this church

Our Cotswold limestone church was erected in Dumbleton during the Norman era. Features from this period still survive, including a chevroned arch, and a carved animal mask on a tympanum, both over the north door.  Abingdon Abbey which held the church in the Middle Ages and successive notable owners of Dumbleton Hall have all contributed to the high standard of workmanship evident in the church.

 

A tower was added in the 13th century, and in the 14th century, a large transept was built on the north side as a burial chapel for the Daston family. The south aisle was built in the 15-16th century and the nave walls were heightened to include a clerestory. There was a substantial reconstruction of the chancel in 1862. The south porch was added in 1905, the vestry was separated from the north transept, and the organ chamber, housing one of the finest organs in the county, was erected at the same time. There are six bells in the tower with inscriptions dated 1729, and the clock was installed in 1830. The font dates from 1661. The oak pulpit and seating introduced in 1905 incorporates attractively carved panelling in the Arts & Crafts style.

The earliest surviving memorial commemorates the Percy family (17th century), Sir Charles being a prominent figure in the court of Elizabeth I. The most recent is for Gino Watkins an arctic explorer killed in a kayak accident in Greenland. There are also three 18th or 19th century hatchments on display. Churchyard monuments include two Jacobean table tombs, and more recently the grave of Sir Patrick Leigh-Fermor.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

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