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St Peter's Church, Wrecclesham is located in Surrey
St Peter's Church, Wrecclesham
St Peter's Church, Wrecclesham
Location in Surrey
51°11′53″N 0°49′04″W / 51.1980°N 0.8178°W / 51.1980; -0.8178
OS grid reference SU8269844977
Location Wrecclesham, Surrey
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Anglican
Status Active
Founder(s) Bishop Charles Sumner
Dedication Saint Peter
Consecrated 16 July 1840
Functional status Parish church
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 29 December 1972
Architect(s) James Harding
Deanery Farnham
Archdeaconry Surrey
Diocese Guildford
Province Canterbury

St Peter's Church is an active Anglican Parish church in Wrecclesham, a village outside Farnham in Surrey. It is in the deanery of Farnham, the archdeaconry of Surrey and the Diocese of Guildford. The church was consecrated in 1840 and is a Grade II listed building.



In 1820 Wrecclesham was seen as a village of not having the best of reputations. The Bishop of Winchester, who lived at the nearby Farnham Castle, after hearing about Wrecclesham, decided to build a church to 'bring the worship of God into the village'. A collection to fund the church was begun and after raising £1000 the building work started. The new church was consecrated on 16 July 1840 by the Bishop of Winchester, Charles Sumner. It was a small building consisting of a chancel, nave and north transept. The first vicar of the parish was Rev. R. D. Buttermer, who has a street in Wrecclesham named after him, Buttermer Close.

Over the next few decades the size of the church steadily increased. In 1861, the church was enlarged with the chancel rebuilt and the south aisle added. In 1876, the nave was rebuilt with the north aisle added.

In 1890, Rev. Charles Keable (d. 1923) became vicar of the parish. He served the parish for 33 years and after his death a street in Wrecclesham was also named after him, Keable Road.

The organ was originally from St James' Church, formerly in east Farnham. It was moved to St Peter's in 1975, when St James' was converted into apartments. A new organ was bought in 1996 to replace that one and was installed in June 2001.


The attempt to improve the social welfare of the village did not stop at only building the church. Beginning from the church, various other buildings and works were started. In 1860, St. Peter's School was opened. From the school, the Wrecclesham choir was created. The Wrecclesham Institute was made soon afterwards. It is opposite the church on the other side of School Hill. The institute was a licensed establishment that also created many sports and social organisations for the local population and was a founding team of Wrecclesham Cricket Club. Also, the Knights Almshouse was built down the hill from the church, along the Street, Wrecclesham.

The parish hall, which is next door to the church, is named Leverton Hall after Rev. Charles Leverton (d. 1973), and was added in the early 1970s when the village hall was demolished.


See also

  • Wrecclesham
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