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Church, free entry


A church has stood on this site for around 1000 years. The Saxon church that once stood though has now completely disappeared and was replaced in Norman times by another building. The building of this church began by the Monks of Pipewell abbey in Northamptonshire in red sandstone. They were in the main responsible for the building of St Peter's. The oldest parts of the church that are still visible today are the bases of the nave pillars and the piscinas which are thought to date from the 13th Century. There is a 12th Century font basin and medieval carvings are now incorporated into the lectern and vicars seat.

In 1775 St Peters was taken over by the abbey as more land was acquired. It remained the property of the abbey until 1538 when Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the monasteries and most of Pipewell's land was sold off.

A plaque above the choir bears the text 'lead me to a rock that is higher than I' and on a pew end the three legs of Man are a reminder that a 15th century vicar, John Greene held the living of Dunchurch in plurality with the Bishopric of sodor and man.

The Bells

St peters has six bells, which are hung in a steel frame made in 1981 designed by Taylors of Loughborough. The bells contain inscriptions and some also have Queen Anne shillings impressed, head and tail alternately.

It is recorded that following the events of 1605, the gunpowder plot a 'guy fawkes peal' was rung on the 5th of November calling people to a service of thanksgiving for the preservation of the kings life.

Some villages say that the very first 'Guy Fawkes Peal' was rung in 1605 at St Peter's Church, Dunchurch to drown the sound of hooves of the Militia horses when they were coming to arrest the conspirators. Others claim, however, that this original Peal was sounded to warn the conspirators of the approach of the King's men, giving them time to escape, which they did, through the village's network of underground tunnels.

Cash PointCoach parties acceptedGift shopPostboxTelephone (public)

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedVenue approved for civil marriage


Free entry


Rugby, Warwickshire,
CV21 2RR


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Map reference: SP 502755  Lat: 52.37524 Long: -1.26401

Close to Draycote water.
2 miles south of Rugby
1 mile from the M45.
There are many buses running from Rugby including the 64 (daily) and the 580 (Mon to sat).

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Rugby station


  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Venue approved for civil marriageVenue approved for civil marriage