St. Peter's Church,
Stixwould LN10 5HP
See monthly calendar for all dates
Palm Sunday 2011
(both churchwardens are hiding!)
History and Architecture
The present church was built in 1830/31 on the same site as one dating from the middle 15th century. The Screen was believed to have originally from Halstead Hall, then erected in the old church, where it enclosed the choir. The present screen is only one third of the original, consisting of three square-headed complete bays and two half bays surmounted by battlemented cresting, with square flowers below.
The reredos (screen behind the altar) was a three panel painting of the Good Shepherd by a relation of the Revd. Bates (1913-1923). The panels are now mounted in the Tower.
The Font - octagonal divided into four panels bearing quaintly cut emblems of the Evangelists. The panels between shows a seated monk holding a Y representing January, a man with arms akimbo is facing east representing February, a Friar for March and a man holding a rose for April. Pew ends on the south of the nave these are from the first church.
The expressions on the faces from the old church are mournful, though newer ones more cheerful - a reflection of the worshipers? Note the lady poking her tongue out on one pew end at the devil on another opposite. The stone coffin lid, sited near the pulpit, is believed to be that of the last Abbess of Stixwould Priory.
There is a Parish Eucharist (second Sunday) and Morning prayer held each month at 9.15am and occasional family service, with additional services over the Christian festivals.
The church is open from May until October on Saturdays and Sundays.
Rector: Rev Andrew Smith, Tel 01526 353973 email
Group Administrator: Mrs Jo Evison Tel: 07842 202 525
Bill Radley - Tel: 01526 352458
Garry Lathwood 01526 353787
Bill Radley at bbq 19 July 2009
To obtain access to the church please contact
the church warden