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Church of St Peter and St Paul
St Peter and St Paul, Rock (geograph 6109063).jpg
Viewed from the south-east
52°20′16.4″N 2°23′43.5″W / 52.337889°N 2.395417°W / 52.337889; -2.395417
OS grid reference SO 732 712
Location Rock, Worcestershire
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 25 February 1958
Parish Rock with Heightington
Diocese Diocese of Worcester

The Church of St Peter and St Paul is an Anglican church in the village of Rock, in Worcestershire, England. It is in the parish of Rock with Heightington, in the Diocese of Worcester. The building is Grade I listed; the north door and chancel arch are notable features dating from the 12th century.

History and description

The oldest parts of the church, the nave and the western part of the chancel, are 12th-century. The north wall is mostly in its original condition. The north door has a Norman arch of four orders, richly decorated with varieties of chevron patterns and embattled ornament.

The 12th-century chancel arch is elaborately decorated, having three orders on the nave side and two on the chancel side: there are varieties of chevron patterns; the capitals and abaci have ornaments of grotesque figures and foliage.

The font is 12th-century; the circular bowl has strapwork decoration. At the west end of the nave is an oak dug-out chest studded with nails, probably 13th-century.

14th century

In the 14th century the chancel was extended and a small north vestry (more recently converted into a heating chamber) was added. The open-timber trussed chancel roof, and the similarly constructed nave roof, are probably of the 14th century.

16th century and later

St Peter and St Paul, Rock (geograph 6138216)
The chancel arch, seen from the nave

In 1510 Sir Humphrey Coningsby built the south chapel, the south aisle and the tower. The tower has three stages, diagonal buttresses and a parapet with battlements. There is a medieval altar slab in the south chapel.

The church was restored in 1861 by Frederick Preedy. The tower was restored in 1881.

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