Monument record IPS 274 - St. Peter's Church, Ipswich, (IAS 5304).

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St. Peter's Church, Ipswich, various events yielding Saxon to Modern finds.


Grid reference Centred TM 1635 4411 (54m by 44m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM14SE


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

Church of St Peter. Now disused. Close to Augustinian Priory of St Peter & St Paul (IPS 839). Possibly the same as the church of Gislebert recorded in the Domesday book. Much 14th Century work. Probably connected with Wolsey's College when the church served as a chapel to the college (see IPS 223 & 275). Details in (S1-S3).

1977: Building recording.

1986: Electrical cable revealed, human remains, Saxon and Medieval pottery and a bronze strip (S3).

2007-8: A programme of evaluation and monitoring were undertaken during refurbishment and conversion of St Peter's for use as a concert venue. A series of eight-test pits were excavated within the interior of the church, while service trenches outside the church were monitored. The test pits revealed footings from the adjacent walls and pillars and heavily disturbed graveyard deposits incorporated into the building debris. The monitoring outside the church also revealed extensive ground disturbance, with the result that it was not possible to draw any firm conclusions regarding the development of the church. (S4)

See also report on the font, (S5).

Visible on Speede's Map of 1610, (S6)

In 1552, John Steward desired that his body might be ".. buried in the churchyard of St Peters on the south side of the crosse." (S7)

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Pevsner N & Radcliffe E. 1974. The Buildings of England: Suffolk. 295.
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: Cautley H M. 1975. Suffolk Churches. 303.
  • <S3> Index: Suffolk Archaeology Unit. 1974. SAU index card and Archive. IAS 5301.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Atfield, R. and Boulter, S.. 2008. St Peter's Church, Ipswich (IAS 5304): Evaluation and Monitoring report.
  • <S5> Bibliographic reference: John Blatchly and Birkin Haward. 1983. The Tournai Font in St Peter Ipswich.
  • <S6> Cartographic materials: Speede, J.. 1610. Map of Ipswich..
  • <S7> Article in serial: Rev C H Evelyn White. P Suff Inst Arch 7 (Rev C H Evelyn White).
  • <S8> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

Finds (11)

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Record last edited

May 21 2021 12:31PM

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