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St Christophers Church, Cheltenham

#6 of 6 in Historic Sites in Cheltenham
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St Peter's Church, Leckhampton is the Church of England parish church in Leckhampton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. The church belongs to the Diocese of Gloucester, and is a member of the developing group of South Cheltenham Churches along with St Philip and St James Church, Leckhampton, St Christopher, Warden Hill, and St Stephen's and Emmanuel.
The present church, including the nave, sanctuary, south aisle, and spire, is thought to have been built by Sir John Giffard, Lord of the Manor of Leckhampton, in the 14th century. He and his wife are commemorated by effigies in the church. There must have been an earlier church on the site, since in 1162 one of its priests was fined two shillings for non-payment of dues to the Canons of Cirencester Abbey by Archbishop Thomas Becket.
The church was enlarged in the 1860s by the addition of a north aisle and the lengthening of the nave at the west end, under the direction of the architect John Middleton. With the expansion of the local population, part of the medieval parish containing much of the 19th century residential development was detached to form the new parish of St Philip and St James.
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  • I have seen this church develop over the years from a church hall with a screen to what is surely now a heritage gem. The full set of Tom Denny windows was a real scoop and this was topped up a...  more »
  • We visited various cathedrals last weekend in the three counties but this little church is astonishing in that it has no less than 10 stained glass windows by the renowned stained glass artist Tom...  more »
  • I am the organist so I would say that.
  • Has a large hall, great for birthday parties.
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