St Peter's Church, Petersfield

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St Peter's from the north
St Peter's from the south-east

St Peter's Church is the Anglican parish church in Petersfield, Hampshire, England. It is within the Diocese of Portsmouth. The ancient church, a Grade I listed building,[1] is located in the centre of the town, on the south side of the Square.

A chapel of ease was originally built, and called 'St. Peter's in-the-veld' (veld - meaning an open and clear place), within the manor of West Mapledurham (later Buriton). Although the town around the chapelry soon grew larger than that around the main church, St Peter’s remained a chapelry to Buriton until 1886, when it became a separate parish. Since 1984 the two parishes have been held in plurality, so the Vicar of Petersfield is now also Rector of Buriton.

St Peter's was originally a Norman building; the north and south aisles were added at the end of the 12th century. The tower was raised to its present height during the 14th century and a parapet added. During the 15th century, several windows with perpendicular tracery were inserted[2]

In 1873, a major restoration took place under the architect Sir Arthur Blomfield.

St Peter's was closed from October 1998 while the 'St Peter’s 2000 Project' carried out an extensive restoration and re-ordering of the building. The church was re-dedicated by the Bishop of Portsmouth on 1 October 1999.


  1. ^ Historic England. "Church Of St Peter (1157381)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  2. ^ A History of Christianity in Petersfield, Leaton, E. (ed.) (2001, Petersfield, Petersfield Area Historical Society: Monograph Number 4) ISSN 0262-5970

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Coordinates: 51°00′12″N 0°56′15″W / 51.0034°N 0.9376°W / 51.0034; -0.9376