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St Peter, Boxworth, Cambridgeshire

(52°15′43″N, 0°1′34″W)
TL 348 645
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cambridgeshire
now Cambridgeshire
medieval not confirmed
now Ely
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

The church is of pebble rubble, embattled following a restoration of 1640 when the chancel was also rebuilt. It has a nave, possibly of the 11thc. (RCHM), with a 14thc. S aisle, a mortar-rendered unaisled chancel with S vestry and a W tower. There are assorted architectural mouldings and a piece of a 13thc. grave slab reset on the exterior of the S and E walls of the S vestry. The only 12thc. sculpture is on a reset window head in the N nave wall.


The picture in 1086 was a complex one. Picot held the largest manor, of 3½ hides, from Robert Gernon. Payne held two hides from Hardwin de Scales, six sokemen held 1 hide from Gilbert de Ghent, and two sokemen held 1 hide under Count Alan. The Abbot of Ramsey held the remaining half hide as part of his desmesne. In no case is a church mentioned as standing in Boxworth at that date.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration


For similar chip-carving, see Cambridge, St Giles, Ely Cathedral, Little Abington, Chettisham, Fowlmere and Hauxton.

G. R. Bossier, Notes on the Cambridgeshire Churches. 1827, 31.
The Victoria History of the County of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely, IX, 1989, 277–79.
C. H. Evelyn-White, County Churches: Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. London 1911, 16-17.
The Ecclesiastical and Architectural Topography of England: Cambridgeshire (Architectural Institute of Great Britain and Ireland), Oxford 1852, 106.
F. S. L. Johnson, A Catalogue of Romanesque Sculpture in Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. M.Phil (London, Courtauld Institute), 1984.
D. and S. Lysons, Magna Britannia. Cambridgeshire II, pt I, London 1808, 94-95.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Cambridgeshire, Harmondsworth 1954 (2nd ed. 1970), 308.
RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the County of Cambridge. Volume 1. West Cambridgeshire. London 1968, xxxv, 28-30.