Anglican: St Peter

A large village church with 12th century Norman origins and work from several later periods. The tower is 15th century. The church was restored in 1909 by Sir Charles Nicholson. There is an excellent west window by Tom Denny, 1999.
St Peter’s features in Betjeman’s Best British Churches, 2011, and is usually open during daylight hours. 


                                                   St Peter’s Church from old undated postcards.

martley ext july 2012          martley int july 2012

                                                          St Peter’s Church, July 2012.

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References and some further sources:
Aiken, John. Census of Religious Worship, 1851: The Returns for Worcestershire.
Bridges, Tim. Churches of Worcestershire (2005)
Brooks, Alan, and Nikolaus Pevsner. Buildings of England: Worcestershire  (2007)
Morgan, Paul. Inspections of churches and parsonage houses in the Diocese of Worcester in 1674, 1676, 1684, and 1687 (1986)
Noake, John. The Rambler in Worcestershire or, Stray Notes on Churches and Congregations.  Volume I (1848)
Ransome, Mary. The State of the Bishopric of Worcester, 1782-1808  (1968)
Transactions of Worcestershire Archaeological Society, New Series XI (1934)

n.b. Full details of these books are on the bibliography and sources page.

Websites:        British History Online:  Entry for Martley.
                         Grade I  Listed Building:  Listing Details Here.
                         Historic England listing: Please Click Here.
                         Church Plans Online: Follow search links to Martley for ground plans of 1828-9 and  1909-11
                         A Church Near You.
                         Family History Website.

St Peter’s, Martley, is the central church of the Worcestershire West Rural Team Ministry which comprises a total of 14 churches.
Other churches in this benefice/area are:  Alfrick,  Bransford,  Broadwas,  Clifton-on-Teme,  Cotheridge,  Crown East,   Harpley,  Knightwick,  Lower Sapey,  Shelsley Beauchamp,  Shelsley Walsh,  Leigh,  Suckley,  Wichenford.

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