We were delighted to explore the churchyard with a Discovery Walk – All manner of wildlife birds, insects, fungi and plants were found on a lovely summer’s afternoon. Everyone really enjoyed this activity and we plan to host more at different times of the year to experience the different seasons. The photos tell the story very well – We can’t wait to do this again!
Heritage Open Days and Festival of Archaeology
We were delighted to launch our Visitors Guide and host two events at St Peter’s on 10th July.
We had tours of the church and a talk with demonstration of how the roofing work was undertaken given by our conservation architect Bryan Martin and contractor Shaun Ward of Prestige Metal Roofing. The 60 visitors we had throughout the day, were very pleased with the Visitor’s Guide and tour and were especially impressed with Bryan and Shaun and how skilled Shaun is at hand working the lead.
Available inside church – £1.00
We have a new guide book! Something that St Peter’s has needed for a very long time! The guides were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of our project, ‘Saving and Celebrating our Heritage’ and give fantastic detail on all aspects of St Peter’s Church, tracing the course of its 800 year history, looking at its architecture and churchyard.
Use it as you walk around to discover important features, events and people involved with this lovely building over all these years. The influence of Rev. William Hanbury and his legacy which lives on to this day – and of course, the first performance of Handel’s oratorio, ‘Messiah’ in a parish church in England, as part of a Festival of Music held regularly at that time. Laurence Saunders our priest and martyr, who died at Coventry along with Polydor Virgil, priest to St Peter’s, Chancellor to Henry VII and author of a History of England
The Project Team is particularly grateful to the ‘Interpreting the Church’ Activity Group – Rosalind Willats (former Conservation officer for Harborough District Council), Anne Abbott (East Langton), Will Poulton (West Langton) and Maxine Johnson (Church Langton) – for producing the Visitor’s Guide to St. Peter’s. We are especially grateful to Rosalind Willatts for writing the text and Anne and Will for proof reading.