St Peter's Church, Ridley  Church

Image Source: John Vigar


A farmyard church which does not feature highly on the ecclesiologist`s league tables, but which is packed with atmosphere and a sense of history. Consisting of nave and chancel with a north porch, Ridley church has stood the test of time. A fine Norman window in the north wall testifies to its origins high on the Downs. It is unusual to step up into a church - usually the ground outside has risen over the years - but this sparsely inhabited hamlet can never have seen many burials, Nothing much has happened to the building since it was built, apart from the inevitable Victorian improvements - mostly of a benign nature here. The glass in the west window presents a curious appearance undoubtedly leading some to think that it is medieval, but it is in fact poorly fired Victorian glass that has weathered.`



Church Data


1851 Census Details


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Architecture Details


Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: 1834

Second Restoration: -


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