St Peter, Easton, Huntingdonshire

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St Peter's has a nave with a four-bay N aisle, an aisleless chancel and a three-storey W tower with a broach spire. There are doorways to S, W and N, the last under a porch. The thick N nave wall may be a survival from the 12thc church. The S aisle with its arcade was added c. 1300, and the chancel also dates from this period. The tower is late 14thc. At some time in the 15thc the E end of the chancel was rebuilt, and the nave heightened with a clerestorey to the S only. The chancel was restored in 1871 when the east wall was largely rebuilt and a new roof put on; the rest of the church was refurbished in 1876-79. The south aisle was partly rebuilt in 1903-4. The spire was struck by lightning on 3rd July 1908, and subsequently repaired. Construction is of stone rubble except for the S aisle (cobble), and the spire (ashlar). A few architectural fragments and pieces of tombs are reset in the interior walls (see IV.5.c).


Easton was assessed under Bedfordshire in 1086. No less than six landholders are listed, the main ones being Hugh the Butler (2 hides and 3 virgates ) and William de Warenne (just over 2 hides held by in 4 parcels). Smaller holdings were in the hands of the Bishops of Coutances and Lincoln, Hugh de Beauchamp and Osbern fitzRichard.

Benefice of East Leightonstone.


Interior Features

Interior Decoration


Double capital

Each element double scalloped with sheathed scallops and depressed shields with a square abacus above. Set in S aisle wall.

h. 0.175 m
w. at top 0.245 m

Part of a tympanum (?)

Carved in relief with a roll moulding on the lower edge, and a short section of roll moulding framing part of an arc. The carving is imprecise and the surface badly worn. Set in S aisle wall.

max. h, 0.31 m
max. w. 0.23 m

Window head

Roughly rectangular with a semicircular chamfered opening. Set in N nave wall.

diam. of opening 0.11 m
max. h. 0.19 m
max w. 0.36 m



  • Victoria County History: Huntingdonshire. III (1936).
  • N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Bedfordshire and the County of Huntingdon and Peterborough. Harmondsworth 1968, 235-36.
  • RCHM(E), An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Huntingdonshire. London 1926, 70-71.
Exterior from SE.
Interior to E.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
TL 139 716 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Huntingdonshire
now: Cambridgeshire
medieval: Lincoln (Dorchester to 1085)
now: Ely
now: St Peter
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Ron Baxter