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Oundle, St Peter

Oundle, St Peter

The adjectives used to describe this church are consistently ‘beautiful and elegant’ and so it is. Whilst there is evidence of its earlier incarnation – it was founded by the Abbey of Peterborough in the 8th century – it is essentially a harmonious and light filled building of the 13th century. It stands amongst the town and school buildings tucked away surrounded by a wealth of Georgian tomb stones. The school and the town, with its market, have developed around it. From a distance it is more prominent with its tall slender tower topped by a recessed needle spire. The town of Oundle, above the River Nene, is reason enough for stopping here but this church will be a highlight of your visit. Subsequent restorations, in the early 17th century after a lightning strike (the original spire collapsed) and again by Sir GG Scott in the 19th century have enhanced its beauty. You will also find here such treasures as 15th century brass lectern similar to that in Urbino Cathedral, Italy, 17th century brass chandelier, Scott’s choir stalls and a host of 13th-19th century monuments. Entering and exiting the church you pass through one of the best stone porches in the county erected by a rich merchant Robert Wyatt around 1485.

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Contact & Opening Times

Oundle , St Peters, North St, Oundle, PE8 4AL|
[email protected]|

Opening Times


 The church is open from 9am until 4pm daily. See below for contact details. 


Contact Details

If locked contact parish office – 01832 275675 or [email protected]



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