Bramerton – Church of St. Peter

Unfortunately, the current situation means that the interior of churches can’t be visited, so I’ll have to come back again for that. There has been a church here since around the end of the thirteenth century, but much of the current structure is from a reconstruction in the 1460s, funded by a legacy from Richard Medewe.

The lychgate at the entrance to the Church of St. Peter in Bramerton. The gate is relatively modern and was installed at the beginning of the twentieth century.

These quite bulky diagonal buttresses date from the 1460s reconstruction, so were part of the original design plan. The clock on the tower was installed in December 1928, designed by Smiths of Derby and this originally had to be wound up every week, but the process has since been automated.

Aesthetically, I do wonder what they were thinking when they inserted that Priest’s Door in the early part of the seventeenth century. They had to chop the bottom half off the window to do it and it hardly fits in, but I suppose religious convention of the time demanded it.

This is a pencil drawing of the church from the early nineteenth century,

The porch.

The west side of the church all looks a bit out of proportion, primarily due to the construction of a vestry in the nineteenth century. This work was undertaken in 1866 and also increased the capacity of the church to 180 people, pretty much the entire population of the village.