St Peter's Church, Tickencote

St Peter's Church, Tickencote is a Church of England parish church in Tickencote, Rutland. Apart from the chancel arch and the sexpartite vaulting in the chancel, which are Norman and date from the mid 12th century, the building was rebuilt in 1792 at the expense of Miss Eliza Wingfield by the architect Samuel Pepys Cockerell.[1]

St Peter's Church, Tickencote
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The chancel arch in St Peter's Church, Tickencote
St Peter's Church, Tickencote is located in Rutland
St Peter's Church, Tickencote
St Peter's Church, Tickencote
Location in Rutland
Coordinates: 52°40′27″N 0°32′12″W / 52.6741°N 0.5366°W / 52.6741; -0.5366
OS grid referenceSK9904409492
LocationTickencote, Rutland
DenominationChurch of England
DedicationSt Peter
Heritage designationGrade I
Designated14 June 1954
Architect(s)Samuel Pepys Cockerell (restoration)
Architectural typeChurch
Romanesque Revival architecture
Collyweston slate
DioceseDiocese of Peterborough

In 2019 the church passed into the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. While St Peter's is undergoing significant repair, the church will be closed to visitors.[2]

Architectural DescriptionEdit

The church consists of a three bay nave, a chancel, tower of two storeys and a bell-stage on the south side and a transept on the north side which is used as a vestry. The tower also acts as an entrance porch. The church is built of the local limestone with Collyweston slate roofs and coped gables.


The church now consists of a chancel with a sexpartite vault. The vaulting with its carving is original but may have been re-constructed when 1792 the church was rebuilt and the chancel was encased with stonework, decorated in Romanesque revival style. The restored east end of the chancel has blind arcades of intersecting round-headed arches and engaged round shafts. Round-headed east window with stylized leaf-mouldings and billet-moulded hood mould continuing as frieze to either side. Taller, narrower window lights the priest's chamber which was above the chancel, but which is now blocked and inaccessible. Two orders of blind round-headed arcading above billet frieze. Blind rectangular panels in the east gable. On the north and south sides of chancel are arcade and billet friezes.

Inside the chancel, there is, in a recess, a 14th-century wooden effigy and there is a wooden altar table of 1627.

The Chancel ArchEdit

The most import and impressive feature of the church is the round-headed chancel arch the mid 12th century. This arch has six elaborately decorated orders on ornamental capitals. The inner order is roll-moulded, the second has beak-heads, the third has zig-zags and continuous crenellation, the fourth various heads including those of a king and queen, figures, animals, a green man and foliage and the fifth with zig-zags and the sixth an abstract version of beak mouldings. The outermost edge of the arch is decorated with billet moulding.

The Tower and PorchEdit

The tower has pyramidal roof contains bells which until 1792 hung in a bell-cote at the west end of the chancel. The tower acts as a porch and the round headed entrance has roll-moulded orders and tympanum with a tablet to Eliza Wingfield, at whose expense the 1792 restoration was undertaken.

The Nave and FontEdit

The Nave, which was later medieval, was completely rebuilt in the 1792 restoration. The font which is Romanesque, is slightly later in date than the chancel arch. The font currently is positioned close to the arch, but an eighteenth century plan shows that it was originally closer to the west end on the north side.[3] The exterior decoration of the nave is a much freer interpretation of the Romanesque style and must be considered one of the earliest examples of Romanesque Revival architecture in the British Isles.




  1. ^ Pevsner 2nd ed. (1984), 510-12
  2. ^ "St Peter's Tickencote". Churches Conservation Trust. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  3. ^ Page (1935), pg. 276


External linksEdit

  Media related to St Peter's Church, Tickencote at Wikimedia Commons