Site Event/Activity record ECC2240 - Pevsner survey of St Peter's Church, Colchester, 1954


Location St Peter's Church, Colchester
Grid reference TL 9942 2523 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX



Pevsner, Nikolaus (Mr)





Survey of St Peter's Church by Pevsner 'Essentially C18. Square red brick W tower of 1758. The upper part has white brick quoins and white brick battlements. To the street on a coarse bracket a clock, put up in 1866. The aisle windows all arched, of c1700. White brick battlements. Inside, a few reminders of the medieval church; the arcades with piers with demi-columns to the aisle arches but a slim demi-polygonal shaft to the nave: C15 (In the C18 the nave arcades were extended to the East in pseudo-C15 style) N and S galleries on Tuscan columns behind the arcades. Below the N vestry a BONE-HOLE of c1520 with a brick vault with single-chamfered arches and ribs. The clerestory is of 1895.-PULPIT. Fine piece of c1700 with richly moulded frames of the panels and garlands of fruit down the angles; cherubs' heads at the top of these.- Heavy Neo-Gothic FONT, 1859 by C.F.Hayward. -COMMUNION RAIL with twisted balusters, used for the tower staircase.-DOOR in S doorway with large iron scrolls, late C13. -PLATE. Paten on foot of 1698. -MONUMENTS. A number of rectangular plates with kneeling figures and inscriptions, ranging from 1509 to 1610.- Martin Basill 1623 and wife, with the usual kneeling figures, quite large; the figures set against a blank arch; columns 1 and r.- George Sayer 1577 and wives, smaller and broader, also with kneeling figures, but with three columns and a straight entablature.' <1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Serial: Pevsner, Nikolaus. The Buildings of England: Essex. p135-6.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • St Peter's Church, North Hill, Colchester (Monument)

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Mar 17 2016 8:55AM

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