St Peter’s Church

sights / Religious

St Peter’s Church information

London , United Kingdom
Address
Street Petersham, Church Lane
Extras TW10
Getting there
tube Richmond, then
train Richmond, then
bus 65
Prices
admission free
Opening hours
3-5pm Sun
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Lonely Planet review

This Norman church has been a place of worship for 1300 years and parts of the present structure date from 1266. It’s a fascinating place, not least for its curious Georgian box pews, which local landowners would rent, while the serving staff and labourers sat in the open seats in the south transept. Against the north wall of the chancel is the Cole Monument , depicting barrister George Cole, his wife and child, all reclining in Elizabethan dress – an unusual design for an English church. Of interest to Canadians, St Peter’s is the burial place of Captain George Vancouver, who was laid to rest here in 1798; his simple tomb is on the southern wall of the cemetery.