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Our aim at St Peter's and St Edmund's is 'worshipping God, sharing the love of Jesus and serving our community'.

about st peter's and st edmund's

St Peter's Church, Dunchurch has stood on the present site for at least 1,000 years. The Domesday Book called the village 'Done Cerce' and said that there was a priest here. The church is for the most part, the work of the monks of Pipewell, a Cistercian abbey near Kettering in Northamptonshire. Pipewell owned lands and property in Warwickshire and St. Peter's was appropriated by the abbey in 1175.

An abbey document mentions a fire in the early church and it was almost entirely rebuilt in the 14th Century. St. Peter's remained their property until the Dissolution of the Monasteries. From 1538, parishes were obliged to keep registers and the register in Dunchurch began in that year.

In the 18th Century, four galleries were erected inside the church, two being in the south and north aisles, another for the musicians and finally another in the tower when the organ was introduced. These 'light starving' constructions were removed in the major restorations of 1841 and 1908.

In 1724, six bells were installed at St. Peter's, the weight of the tenor (heaviest bell) being 17cwt 0qtrs 8lbs in E. They were re-hung in 1913 and again in 1981. The bells are rung for service every Sunday and also for weddings and other special events. Every year following the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, a 'Guy Fawkes' peal was rung prior to a service of thanksgiving for the preservation of the King's life.

The church clock was installed in 1912 and strikes the hours and quarters. A new organ was installed in the south aisle in 1972 and in its early years was used for recordings by the BBC.

We are fortunate to have the care of such an ancient and beautiful place for present and future generations. Today, as well as weekly worship, we respond to the pastoral needs of individuals and families, supporting children and family life through our church schools, Junior Church and other activities for families.

St Edmund's Church, Thurlaston is part of the parish of Dunchurch with Thurlaston. You can read about the history of St Edmund's on the Thurlaston Parish Council websiteHoly Communion services take place on the first Sunday at 9am. The deputy churchwarden responsible for St Edmund's is Brian Bowsher who can be contacted on 01788 812094.


The Reverend Patricia Townshend is the vicar for St Peter's Church and St Edmund's Church. She took up the post of vicar after she was installed by the Bishop of Coventry at a special service at St Peter's in March 2017. 

Pat was previously a minister in Cape Town in South Africa. She spent most of her life with her husband Graham in Zimbabwe where she taught for many years. Her wish to be ordained forced them to move to South Africa. 

Rev'd Patricia can be contacted on 01788 461987. She is based at the Vicarage in Dunchurch on Critchley Drive.


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What our Fellow Christians are saying

St Peter's and St Edmund's churches are warm and welcoming church communities, with lots going on for all the family. 

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