St Peter’s Church, Winterbourne Stoke is a Norman church dating back to the 12th Century that was first mentioned in the Domesday Book. There was a church in the village at the time of the Norman Conquest which was held by Queen Edith, the wife of Edward the Confessor and sister of King Harold who was the last Anglo-Saxon king of England and famously died at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 having been struck in the eye with an arrow.
Little remains of the original Norman church however, St Peter’s does still have an impressive Norman entrance and a number of important architectural features including a 12th century font and a 17th century Jacobean pulpit.
St Peter’s is now in need of urgent restoration work including repairs to its leaking roof. In order to spearhead a fund raising campaign, we have set up the ‘Raise the Roof Appeal’ and will be embarking on a series of fund raising events over the next two months to raise the necessary funds to undertake the repairs and enable St Peter’s to remain open for regular worship, baptisms, weddings and funerals as well as making improvements to the heating and lighting in the church so that it can be used as a community hub for village activities.
As part of the fund raising efforts the church treasurer, Jonathan Dutton, will be embarking on a charity walk from St Peter’s Winterbourne Stoke to St Peter’s Rome in 2021/2022. The first stage of his walk will take him along the Clarendon Way from Salisbury to Winchester, along the Pilgrims’ Way to Canterbury and thence across Europe to Bourg St Pierre on the Via Francigena, an ancient route used by English pilgrims to Rome since the Dark Ages. In 2022 Jonathan will be accompanied by his wife Olivia and hopes to complete the walk to Rome.
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