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Lutton, St Peter

Lutton, St Peter

St Peters is on the highest point of the village believed to have been the site of

worship since pagan times.  The present building dates from 1100 and has been extended over the years – north aisle around 1220, south aisle around 1310 and the tower and clerestory dating from the 15th century.  The chancel also extended several times.

There are beautiful carvings of ladies on the south aisle pillars and wooden carvings on the nave roof of a chalice, an open book, the host, crown of thorns, regal crown, heraldic shield and a cross.

The most unusual objects to be found in the church did not originate here but at Washingley, just over the Huntingdonshire border. That parish was linked to Lutton through mutual patronage. The patron at the end of the 15th century being Richard, Duke of York, later Richard lll. In due course Washingley church was abandoned and it’s unusual monuments to the Apreece family were incorporated in the chancel at Lutton. The family were notable for clinging to their catholic faith despite the best efforts of the courts and the clerics at Peterborough cathedral. This may account for the fact that it was not until 1633 that a composite tomb was raised to the memory of three generations of the family. In the chancel you willsee, soberly dressed and kneeling on scarlet cushions, Robert Apreece (d. 1555) his son William (d.1574) and his son Robert (d. 1621). The memorial was put up by their descendent Jerome Apreece.

On the opposite wall is a smaller memorial attributed to the court sculptor Maximillian Colt. This it to Adlard Apreece who died in 1608.Most of his life was spent in military service on the continent and the tomb refers to this as he is shown as a kneeling knight surrounded by military trophies. In the text it lists the countries he served in or for including France, Hungary, Austria and Bavaria. 

Please refer to the Glossary for any terms in the text that you are unfamiliar with.

Contact & Opening Times

Lutton, St Peter, Lutton, PE8 5NE|
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Opening Times

The church is open all year round


Contact Details

Telephone: Rev. Cathy Brazier – 01832 270936

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