St Peters church in Hope - Mike Cummins

The Parish Church of St Peter in Hope

...and a gaggle of gargoyles

The Parish Church of St Peter at Hope dates mainly from the 14th century, and has a stumpy, broached spire.

Situated in the small, picturesque town of Hope in the heart of the Peak District National Park, the church is known mainly for the gargoyles adorning the outer walls and also for its many extravagant carvings.

The chancel, with fine stained glass by William Kempe, was rebuilt in 1882, but it incorporates a piscina and sedilia of the early 14th century. The font is all that remains from the original Norman church which is mentioned in the Domesday Book. In the churchyard is a headless Saxon preaching cross with fine interlacing knotwork, thought to date from the 9th century. 

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015