St Peter's Church

St Peter's Church clock
North Hill, Colchester

top of North Hill, Colchester, CO1 1NZ

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St Peter’s Church is mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086, and medieval remnants remain embedded in the walls although the present building mostly dates from the 15th century.

You can feel the history as you walk in to the marvellously Dickensian gloom of the interior. Its dark-wood balconies were added in the 18th century to accommodate a large congregation, and you can imagine them packed for the church’s Handel festival in 1763, just a few years after Handel himself died.

The church has given us special permission to open up the balconies once again, from which you will be able to hear beautifully, although an full view of the stage is restricted to the front row.