Carvings & Decorations

We have some very rare wooden carvings in St.Peter’s, all done by the Rev. Thorold himself from his workshop in the Rectory next to the church. We also have some beautiful stone carvings which we are delighted to share with you here.

Wooden Rood Screen showing the size and magnificence of the Rood Screen across the Chancel Arch. You can also see the wooden statue of St. Peter by the pulpit.
Organ Pipes and Carved Case in Chancel showing the detail of the Carved Organ Case surrounding the organ and its front pipes.
Organ and Carved Organ Case in Chancel
Wooden statue of St. Peter by the pulpit.
Church Entrance Arch. Showing the stone entrance arch from inside the church, looking back to the front door in the Tower, and the wooden carvings above the interior door.
Interior Entrance Arch. Showing the stonework of the Arch, the carved wooden Cross and some of the painted decorative metal arch above the stonework.
Rood Screen Carvings. Showing the detail of the wooden carvings of the statues above the Rood Screen. How Jesus lost his arm is a mystery and indicates the amount of repair and restoration that some of the carvings require. Rather embarrassingly you can also see the years of accumulated dust! Cleaning all of the wooden carvings, especially those at height is going to be an enormous job!
Baptismal Font. Set at the back of the church, the Baptismal Font has both stone and wooden carving. It’s an impressive piece for a small rural church and has 4 Italian marble pillars made of the same marble as the 2 pillars on each side of the Chancel Arch. The red carpet obviously isn’t original and will need to be removed in the restoration process!
Font Pillar Carving. All 4 corners of the Baptismal Font appear to be identical. Unlike the circular carvings which are all different.
A young Queen Victoria depicted as an Angel on the Baptismal Font? What do you think?
Could this be a Griffin? They were very popular in the Victorian era.
An Eagle on the Baptismal Font?
Wooden Carvings of the Baptismal Font, showing the detail but also some of the damage …
Wooden Carvings on the Baptismal Font. Shows the red interior roof which you wouldn’t normally see and also the detail and damage to 2 of the key statues.
Wooden angel statues on the Baptismal Font, showing some of the detail and the damage. Very few people will be able to restore / replace this kind of work.
Stone Carving, Interior Column
Stone Face, Interior. We think that this face may be Medieval in age, and reused from the previous church that stood on the site before our Victorian Church was built.
Stone Face, Interior. This gentleman watches out over the congregation from the base of an arch above the Italian marble column. Could it be a likeness of the Rev. Thorold?
Stone Face, Interior
Stone Arch and Window Carving
Stone Window Carving and Metal Decorative Arch. A stunningly beautiful photo showing the top aspect of the Weston’s window. The Weston family are the oldest family in the village, and if you look at our Church Records Baptisms Book, you will see a Weston entry on almost every page!
One of the exterior faces ‘guarding’ one of the 3 exterior doors into the congregational part of the church (now the Vestry).
The other stone face ‘guarding’ the Exterior Vestry door at the base of the door arch. As you can see from the metal grid covering the door, this entrance is no longer used. We think that the door was closed and covered after WWII. We no longer have a key.
Medieval Stone Carved Face? Exterior. Could this be the oldest carved stone face we have?
Very old exterior stone carved face. Could it be Medieval? The swept back hair line suggests that it may be an angel.