St Peter's Church, Ipswich

St Peter's Church (also known as St Peter's by the Waterfront) is one of the twelve medieval churches in the ancient borough of Ipswich, England.[1] An Augustinian priory dedicated to St Peter and Paul occupied a six-acre site to the north and east of the church. As the secular canons regularly used the chancel for religious purposes, leaving the nave for use of parishioners, the church was also known as St Peter and Paul's.[2] The church is located between College Street and Star Lane, with St Peters Street leading north into Ipswich town centre.

St Peter's Church, Ipswich
St Peter's by the Waterfront, Ipswich
St Peter's Church with Wolsey's Gate, College Street, Ipswich.jpg
St Peter's Church with Wolsey's Gate
St Peter's Church, Ipswich is located in Ipswich
St Peter's Church, Ipswich
St Peter's Church, Ipswich
Location in Suffolk
Coordinates: 52°03′12″N 1°09′15″E / 52.0532°N 1.1542°E / 52.0532; 1.1542
OS grid referenceTM 166 441
LocationIpswich, Suffolk
WebsiteSt Peter's by the Waterfront
Functional statusRedundant
Heritage designationGrade II*
Designated19 December 1951
Architectural typeChurch
StylePerpendicular Gothic
MaterialsFlint with stone dressings


The location is probably that of the earliest church building in Ipswich, there being a St Peter's church mentioned in the Doomsday book.[3] The church was located just north of a ford by which visitors arriving in Ipswich could cross the River Orwell. On 8 January 1297, Edward I married his youngest daughter Elizabeth of Rhuddlan to John I, Count of Holland in this earlier church.[1][2] The existing structure was built in 1460 and contains a Tournai font, which dates from c. 1170–90.[3][4]

Heritage centreEdit

The building was restored with a Heritage Lottery grant in 2006. The Ipswich Hospital Band received £772,000. The building was reopened in 2008 as a heritage centre.[3]


  1. ^ a b "St Peters Church, Ipswich Suffolk. Ipswich Historic Churches Trust". Ipswich Historic Churches Trust. Ipswich Historic Churches Trust. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b Cooper, Trevor. "Royal wedding at Ipswich » The Ipswich Society". Ipswich Society. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Mayhew, Andrew. "Heritage & History at St Peter's by the Waterfront". St Peter's by the Waterfront. Ipswich Hospital Band. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  4. ^ "St Peter, Ipswich, Suffolk". CRSBI. CRSBI. Retrieved 16 February 2020.