Church of St Peter and St Paul

Church of St Peter and St Paul

Jake M.
Description
At one time, the church had a tall steeple which, with the bell tower, collapsed and crashed into the body of the church in March 1634. Enormous damage was done and the church was not useable for several years. Finally, King Charles I ordered that enough money should be raised by the Diocese to begin the very expensive repair work. The church was rebuilt in the next few years to its present form with a strong tower flanked by massive buttresses and topped with eight splendid gold weather vanes. On the west side of the tower are two statues representing St Peter and St Paul. The clock was a later addition, a gift of the heirs of William Hudson, a local draper. It has an 18ft pendulum and cost £176 in 1832. It is interesting to note that until 1989 the clock was wound by-hand; someone had to climb to the top of the tower four times a week and crank the heavy winding mechanism. Now there is an electric winder.
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