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A Church in the Country

St. Peter's  Stoke Goldington

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This is St. Peter’s church, at Stoke Goldington. It’s surrounded by fields and the only old buildings anywhere near it are those of Church Farm. The centre of Stoke Goldington is nearly half a mile away, so why is this church here and not in the village it serves?

It might be that the church was once in the village, but for some reason the village moved away.

Old foundations have been found near the church, and there are traces of an old manor house nearby, plus what seems to be a moat around the partly 16th Century Church Farmhouse, East of the church.

Moats are very much a Medieval thing and it’s quite usual for a Medieval manor house to be close to the church, both near or at the village centre. St Peter’s is a Medieval church, built by the Normans in the early 12th Century.

There are ancient tales of a fire that swept through Stoke Goldington, and that’s said to be the reason the village moved. It might also have moved as the climate changed and life turned out to be rather better down in the dip.

Whatever the reason, it was a pleasant place to visit on a warm June day. The tower is, like many, 15th Century.

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