St Peter's Church

Historic Parish Church

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At the front of the church look up at what should strictly be called 'grotesques' (Gargoyles should hold a drain pipe). There are 40 in number approximately half of them representing demons, and the remainder may well be caricatures of local dignitaries from town and Abbey in the 15c.

Things to look out for inside the church;
• Stone coffins reputed to have contained the bodies of King Kenulf and his son.
• An altar cloth reputed to have been embroidered by Katherine of Aragon,
• Face of the Winchcombe Imp in the Rood Screen
• East window (with ship) installed when Vicar was a former Naval Chaplain who sailed in Crimean Fleet.

The Gilded Weathercock 1874 - it is not generally appreciated that this proud bird is made of wood and is very large measuring between 5 1/2 ft from beak to tail, and 4 ½ ft in height. This was originally on the roof of St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol, and became redundant when they erected a spire instead. It was 'loaned' to St Peter's and has become such a familiar addition to the Winchcombe skyline that we could probably expect a small scale Civil War to take place if it was recalled to Bristol.

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