Saturday, June 18, 2011

St Peter's Church at Stanton Low

There has been some more interest in the ruined church at Stanton Low. I suppose that in the over-developed area of Milton Keynes this may be the only authentic ruin. Little bits of Bradwell Abbey remain, but apart from churches, medieval buildings are few indeed.

Here is a watercolour by the artist John Piper (1903-1992). Piper was well known in his lifetime and had a special interest in churches. He designed the great stained glass window in the new Coventry Cathedral. It is somewhat surprising that this rather humble out-of-the-way church captured his attention. It is the property of the V&A Museum.

St Peter's Church, c. 1905

Both these views are from the south side. The chancel on the east side, measuring internally 29' 4" by 13' 3", was probably the original church. The nave, measuring 25' 6" by 18', was an early 12th century addition, although it was apparently 10 feet longer at one time. There is also evidence of another chapel on the south side. The modifications may date from the 15th century.

The east window is 14th century but the arch joining the two parts of the church, decorated with chevrons dates from 1150. This was removed to St James, New Bradwell after the roof of St Peters fell in in 1956. The gothic arch you can see in the picture was probably added in the 14th century to strengthen the arch.

This last photograph, taken from the chancel circa 1950, shows the church stripped of pews and furniture. By this time the church was no longer in use.

Earlier posts on Stantonbury and its church can be found below:
Stanton Low


Anonymous said...

Thank you for digging deeper Bryan, tha photo's are amazing - it's such a lovely building

Lesley said...
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Lesley said...

I was over by St Peter's Church yesterday and wanted to find a little more information. When I Googled, your blog popped up. I put a link on my Picasa photo, hope that's okay. ( I shall enjoy delving into your blog in the fullness. :)

Ron Baxter said...

I am the research director of the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture ( and I would love to use some of the photographs of St Peter's Stanton Low on our website. Would that be possible?

Bryan Dunleavy said...

I have no problem but I am sure you are aware of the usual caveats. These images come from a variety of sources and the originator is probably unknown. Some of the older ones are beyond copyright protection anyway. The only one I would suggest that you are careful with is the painting by John Piper which may be subject to some control by his estate.

Ron Baxter said...

Thank you Bryan, I'll take care. Thanks too for your useful website.