St Peter

St Peter’s keys are represented in this open and welcoming church.

About this church

It was originally consecrated in 1818 as a chapel within Simonburn Parish.

It has a Grade II listing and is the largest of four regency gothic churches designed by HH Seward, house architect to Greenwich Hospital Commissioners, who had taken over the former Derwentwater Estates.

St Peter’s is built of fine tooled ashlar with a small western porch, a small sanctuary and a vestry set centrally on the north side. There are two side aisles, with no central aisle, with some fine Regency box pews at the front of the main body of the church and to the side of the aisles.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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St Oswald

A delightful hilltop church believed to be the location where King Oswald (604 -642) raised a large wooden cross before the Battle of Heavenfield (AD 635).

St Christopher

A Grade II listed chapel of ease designed by John C Hawes in the Arts & Crafts style.

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