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St Peter

Wootton Wawen,

From the main road, the very large, red-roofed south chapel of St Peter's looks almost as big as the rest of the church. The tower nestling modestly behind it looks Gothic but is in fact Saxon in its lower stages, as becomes clear when you enter the church. The base of the tower is used as a kind of sanctuary, with an altar and modern stained glass in its north window. On either side of the tower are the nave and chancel, with an aisle and the large chapel to the south. The church is packed with a fascinating mixture of furnishings, fittings, memorials and memorabilia, all interpreted and explained. The font with its unsettling carved heads is 14th-century; there are 15th-century bench-ends, and many monuments. Perhaps the most notable of these is that to Francis Smith; it dates from the early 17th century and has an effigy of him in armour and with a long, neatly combed beard.

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