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St Peter, Eastham, Worcestershire

(52°18′55″N, 2°30′16″W)
SO 657 687
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Hereford
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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The church, built of tufa with ashlar facing both inside and out, comprises a 12thc. nave and chancel, both without aisles. The chancel was extended in the 14thc., and in 1825 the W nave wall was replaced by a brick tower. According to the church guide, the tufa comes from a deposit four miles to the E. The VCH records restorations to the fabric in 1864 and 1889. Romanesque sculpture is found in the S doorway of the nave, in the arcading above it and on the font. There are also two carved panels inset into the E nave wall inside, and two panels reset into the S nave wall outside.


The manor was held by Ralph de Todeni in 1086. There was a priest at this time. The advowson is first mentioned in 1277-78, when it was conveyed with the manor to Ralph de Sodington. (VCH 4: 272)


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration


Interior Features

Interior Decoration





Stratford in Pevsner 1968 (p.45) dates the Romanesque fabric to the second quarter of the 12thc. Blind arcading also appears over the doorways at Bockleton, Knighton-on Teme and Stoulton, and there are angle rolls on cushion capitals at Stockton-on-Teme. Carved panels bearing the Agnus Dei also occur at Stockton-on-Teme and Hanley William. Doorways set in a projecting bay, as here, occur in a number of churches in the county (see Preface to Worcestershire).


Anon., Eastham, SS Peter and Paul n.d. (Guide book)

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol. I, 310; vol. IV. London 1924, 270-72.
C. J. Bond, 'Church and Parish in Norman Worcestershire' in J. Blair (ed.) Minsters and Parish Churches: The Local Church in Transition 950-1200, Oxford University Committee for Archaeology Monograph 17. Oxford 1988, 119-58, 149.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 45, 139-40.
  1. M. Thurlby, 'Observations on Romanesque Church Architecture and Sculpture in Worcestershire’, Transactions of The Worcestershire Archaeological Society, 3 ser. 28 (2022), 73-121.