There has been a church on this site in Walton-on –the-Hill since 1268. The present Church is a result of major rebuilding in 1820, with the Lady Chapel added in 1850, with its stunning altar-piece, a copy of Murillo's "The Madonna" which hangs in the Prado Museum Madrid.
Our patron saint is Saint Peter, the "rock" on which the Christian church is built. The favoured disciple to whom Christ gave the keys of Heaven, was a truly remarkable man - wild, passionate, outspoken, whose denial of Jesus was forgiven by the risen Christ, His symbolic keys are much in evidence throughout the church – in stained glass windows and above the lampshades in the central aisle.
We are fortunate to have this very old (late 12th century) and rare lead font, one of only 29 in the country. Over the centuries it has been at the joyful centre of many baptisms and the prayers and promises of loving parents and godparents.
The STAINED GLASS WINDOWS
We have many lovely and inspiring stained glass windows - windows to life in a tiny village in the heart of open and beautiful rural landscape. Many windows tell two stories - the biblical story it depicts and a personal name to whom the window is dedicdated. They make a great contribution to the atmosphere and sanctity of the church. In particular, the glorious Victorian window behind the sanctuary at the eastern end of the church shows scenes from the life of our Lord from his Nativity to his Ascension; and the contemporary window in the north wall (Lady Chapel), a gift of the village to the church to celebrate the Millennium, shows four scenes of our beautiful village and was especially commissioned from a distinguished stained glass artist. It is hoped that it will become part of our heritage for future generations.
High in the tower and reached by a narrow staircase are three bells. Of the two that are inscribed the treble bell says, "William Eldridge made mee 1681" and the tenor bell says "Robertas: mot: me: facit: 1591".
The ELIZABETHAN CHALICE commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I in 1568 is on display at Guildford Cathedral and is returned to St Peters for the celebration of Holy Communion at Midnight Mass at Christmas, and on the morning of Easter Day.
We hope you will come to St Peter's to join us for worship, or simply to visit. Please say a prayer for all those people who have worshipped here, preached here, married here, been baptised here and laid to rest here.