St Peter ad Vincula Colemore

Sometimes a church hints at a different time, a different place and St Peter ad Vincula Colemore is one of those.

St Peter ad Vincula Church Colemore
St Peter ad Vincula Colemore

The first recorded mention of Colemore was in the Domesday book when, in 1086 the Lord was the wonderfully named ‘Humphrey the Chamberlain’ and it was a small settlement of just ten households. Of a church there is no mention but it is thought that the present church sits on early C10th foundations.

It is a church of mixed fortunes having been allowed to fall into a ruinous state on several occasions, indeed if it were not for the Redundant Churches Fund, it would be in a poor state today. This has resulted in phases of re-building but somehow the integrity of the old building has been kept.

St Peter ad Vincula Colemore
Interior St Peter ad Vincula Colemore

The church sits remote from a village or hamlet with just an ancient barn and manor house to accompany it and it is not hard to imagine it surrounded by it’s meagre population some 900 years ago.

Colemore
Large manor barn opposite the church

Those ancient bells

The bell turret and the bells are particularly interesting, one being cast in about 1380 the other 1627 but it’s the ladder that catches the eye where the date of 1694 is a reminder of all the feet that have climbed it.

St Peter ad Vincula Colemore
Bells St Peter ad Vincula Colemore

 

St Peter ad Vincula Colemore
C17th Ladder to the bells

St Peter ad Vincula Colemore

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