Heritage Open Day: St Peter's Church Forncett

Saturday, 10 September 2022 10:00 – 16:00
Location: Forncett St Peter Church
Category: Forncett St Peter

A Thousand Years of History. We have had to change our plans for our Open Day as scaffolding, essential for the safety of the Chancel roof, has been delayed.  This means that the inside of the church will be out of bounds and sadly you won't be able to step inside the exceptional flint round tower of St Peter's Church - an Anglo-Saxon treasure built around 1000 AD.  The very rare 16th century stair and a jewel window will also have to remain out of sight for the time being.  There will be guided tours to point out highlights of the exterior or the building - the Saxon herringbone flintwork and features of the tower including the characteristic Saxon bell openings.  And the mysterious blocked up opening in the Chancel wall.  It's not what we hoped to do, but with the building in a perilous state it's the best we can manage.  Volunteers will be on hand to tell you the very special story of St Peter's. The event is free. 

Nestled in a wonderful setting where William and Dorothy Wordsworth walked in the late 1700s; it is perfect for a short - or longer - walk along the adjacent Tas Valley Way before joining us for simple refreshments. 

Access: There is a walk of about 300 yards from the car park to the church on gravel and grass paths with uneven surfaces. The toilet on site is a portaloo in the churchyard, sadly without disabled access. We can arrange improved disabled access if you contact us in advance, allowing you to drive closer to the church with the permission of the owner of the private drive. Contact Allyson Rae 07757 100148 or Gilly Barnes 07703 584123. You'll find more information about Heritage Open Days and other places open near you, including other sites in Forncett, here