Oundle, Northamptonshire

St. Peter's Church, Oundle, Northamptonshire

It is believed that St. Peter’s Church stands on the site of a monastery founded by St. Wilfrid who died here in 709 AD. Recent renovation work showed footings of what appears to be a Saxon structure.

Some of the stonework in the nave is pre-thirteenth Century, so is most likely early Norman. The vast majority of the rest of the work in the church is early to mid-thirteenth Century. The tower was begun in the late 14th Century and completed by the mid-15th. The spire is dated 1634 and is believed to have replaced one which blew down.

The Victorians, inevitably, had a hand in shaping the current shape of the church but the interiors are more recent than that having been completed between 1991 and 1992.

However, when outside the church the antiquity of the place shines through and it fits well with the mass of old golden stoned buildings that grace Oundle, one of the prettiest towns in Northamptonshire.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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