Former church of St Peter, Eriswell, Suffolk - 26th September 2005

We spotted this unusual building from the road, and on closer inspection it became apparent it was in fact the remains of a church.  Subsequent research has revealed that this is the former church of St Peter, the parish church of Eriswell, before the centre of population moved to the Coclesworth in the late middle ages and St Laurence became the parish church.

St Peter, Eriswell, Suffolk - 26th September 2005 - MTC

The building was converted into a dovecote for Eriswell Hall in the 18th century, after a good deal of masonry had been used to build a schoolroom against the tower of Lakenheath Church, which also was the destination for the great east window from St Peter's.

The conversion work involved plenty of white brickwork, however there still remains some original ashlar masonry from the ancient church.

St Peter, Eriswell, Suffolk - 26th September 2005 - MTC

Surprisingly, in the south wall of the nave, there remains a recognisable remnant, with most of the tracery gone, of a 15th century window in its original position in the nave of the former church.

St Peter, Eriswell, Suffolk - 26th September 2005 - MTC

St Peter, Eriswell, Suffolk - 26th September 2005 - MTC

Finally, the building as seen from the road.

St Peter, Eriswell, Suffolk - 26th September 2005 - MTC

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