St Peter

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The church, when viewed from the SW, can be seen that parts of the original tower still stand as evidence of the quoins at the west end of the nave indicate. They are constructed of flint and lumps of conglomerate, known as carstone. A narrow lancet window framed with carstone can be seen on the lower south side of the tower, a Saxon feature possibly. The nave and chancel are all under one continuous roof and no aisles have been added.

Looking towards the east end.  This most attractive church was completely restored in the very early 19th century gothic style. The interior shows the nave and chancel, which are continuous under a hammerbeam roof of 1908. The chancel is separated from the nave by a quadrant-moulded C17 tie-beam. 

There are also two large pews in the chancel, and the pews in the nave are box-pews, dating from the Victorian restoration.

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The view from the chancel, which shows the three-stage pulpit, dating from early Victorian days of 1837. It is very plain in design. The west gallery was erected on 26 September 1841, by Sir John P Boileau, Bart. who was resident in the adjacent Ketteringham Hall. Hatchments of former members of the Boileau family hang on the west wall above the organ. The roof contains many carved bosses and shields
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This is a Flemish painting on wood panel, of the late C16 depicting "The Wedding Feast at Cana". Pevsner suggests it is a copy by Frans Francken the Elder of Collaert's engraving after Maerten de Vos. For some time it was loaned to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, but has recently been placed back here in the church to form the backdrop to the altar. [2003]
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Recent inspections beneath the floorboards have revealed a pair of ancient leather shoes, together with a piece of carved stone that has the date 1768 on its reverse side.
The life of Sir John Boileau who died in 1869 at Ketteringham, is the subject of a study, together with that of the Parson, and has been published by the Cambridge University Press, 
[ISBN 0521422515, Cambridge University Press, 1991].   Follow this link to the Genuki site: 

"Victorian Miniature" by Own Chadwick is a fascinating account of forty years of incomprehension and veiled antipathy between the Victorian squire and the Rector of Ketteringham, and is based on their contemporary diaries. The squire was nouveau riche, having bought the hall from the previous family which had been bankrupted by the wife seeking to save the surviving prince of the French royal family. She paid thousands of pounds in bribes to alleged French agents and finally died in poverty - I think in France. - Rosemary Watts.


Dove's reference for the bells:

Ketteringham, Norfolk, S Peter (GF), 6, 8-1-20 in A. 


Map reference :  TG164025

Use the Worcestershire & Districts Change Ringing Association link to to find a street map showing the church. Follow the instructions on the site.


Photographs by kind permission of Chris (Seajay) Harrison
2003 Seajay Harrison

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