SK7477 : Church of St Peter, Headon-cum-Upton

taken 5 years ago, near to Headon, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Church of St Peter, Headon-cum-Upton
Church of St Peter, Headon-cum-Upton
Female head label stop at the west respond of the north arcade.
Church of St Peter, Headon-cum-Upton
The current church consists of nave, aisles and chancel with a west tower, with the oldest fabric dating back to the 13th century, although there was probably an older church on the site. The church was formerly much larger than today, as can be seen from the blocked archways in the tower, which would have been enclosed by both aisles. The squat format of the tower suggests that a spire might have been intended, and early engravings show at least a pyramidal roof, possible a short spire. An unusual feature of the church is that it supported both a vicar and a rector until the two were merged in 1881.

Of 13th century date are the aisle arcades and the tower. The aisles and chancel are also of this period, but new windows were inserted in the 14th century, at the same time as the construction of the clerestory. There is no evidence of when the aisles were shortened, but it is thought to be quite early, probably in the 14th century. The east window of the chancel was inserted in 1858 and the south porch added at this time. A further major restoration was carried out in 1885 by G Somers Clarke Jnr.

Features of the exterior to look for include the blocked arches at the base of the tower, and a curious carved head on the north buttress of the tower.

Inside, the dominant feature is the pair of aisle arcades in 13th century Early English style, on octagonal columns. The responds at the ends of the arcades consist of a pair of heads, man and woman at each end. Those at the west end are original, those at the chancel arch are Victorian, but are likely to be replacements for medieval originals. Similar responds exist in other churches of the same period and it has been suggested that they represent King Edward I and his wife Eleanor. The angel label stops between the arches are not medieval, and probably date from the 1885 restoration.

The oldest of the interior fittings remaining is the fine Jacobean pulpit. This retains its original tester or sounding board, supported on unusual 'wild man' brackets. It includes some intricate carved decoration. The panelling round the sides of the aisles is made from the old box pews which were replaced by the current bench pews at the 1885 restoration. The font also dates from this time.

The church is Listed Grade I.

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Date Taken
Friday, 15 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 20 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Primary Subject of Photo
Church Interior 
Period (from Tags)
13th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7485 7706 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:17.1141N 0:52.7240W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7485 7706
View Direction
WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Other Tags
Grade I Listed  Aisle Arcade  Corbel  Medieval Stone Carving 

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