Welcome to St Peter's
The church was founded in 1627, in the reign of Charles I, by Sir Thomas Moulson of Hargrave.
He used to walk to school in Tarvin, some 5 miles away, and one winter day, the river between the villages flooded and Thomas could not get home. He vowed that if ever he became rich, he would finance the building of a school in Hargrave for future generations.
As a young man, Thomas went to London where he became a wealthy merchant and Lord Mayor. Remembering his boyhood pledge, he bequeathed sufficient funds for this church to be built and serve as a school, with the incumbent as schoolmaster.
Today, his original bequest still allows us to offer funds to young people within the parish, towards the expense of their education.
We hope you will appreciate our welcoming church, which is one of Cheshire’s gems, being one of very few churches built in the 17th Century, (excluding the rebuilds after the Great Fire of London), due to the Civil War. St Peter's welcomes you at services, or just to have a quiet time of private prayer and contemplation. Do please sign the visitor’s book to record your visit, and follow the yellow information guides within the porch and the church itself. The area was strongly Puritan before the Civil War, and long afterwards, which is why the east window was removed, though the mullions are clearly visible from the outside. There are many fascinating period features, and the sense of welcome is often remarked upon.
St Peter’s is a Listed Building and if you feel able to help us with the upkeep, all donations are gratefully appreciated.
St Peter's Church, Church Lane, Hargrave, Cheshire CH3 7RN
ST PETER'S HARGRAVE takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England's robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at www.churchofengland.org/