St Peter’s Church

There has been a church on the present site since the 12th century, when it was dedicated to St Peter, although it is possible that an earlier Saxon church existed there previously.

Although Babraham was a wealthy village thanks to its wool trade, in 1445 the vicarage of Babraham was exempted from taxation, due to its poverty, and in 1535 it was said to be the poorest living in Camps deanery.

John Hullier was vicar of Babraham from 1549 and served the parish for about six years.. On April 16 1556, Maundy Thursday, he was burned at the stake on Jesus Green in Cambridge for heresy (refusing to renounce the Protestant faith).

In 1851 average attendances were 90 people at the morning service and 190 in the afternoon.

Source: Babraham Chronicle compiled by Mary Symonds

The following comes from
The Parish Church of St Peter, Babraham – A Simple Guide by C.C. Ingrey

  • The Church Communion Rail is Jacobean, and bears the date 1665 (the reign of Charles the Second).
  • The solid oak frame of the altar was made by the Estate Carpenter in 1896, at a cost of £19-18-1d.
  • The Church Organ was built in 1929 by Messrs. Hunter of London, consisting of 715 pipes made of wood and metal. Dr Alan Gray, of Trinity College, Cambridge, gave the opening recital.
  • The Vestry Door was purchased in 1961 from the demolished Old Perse School for Boys in Cambridge.
  • Electricity was installed in the Church in 1955.
  • Between the years 1892-1958, a No. 8 Tortoise Stove was used for heating – members of the congregation sitting at the back of the Church were warm, but the East End was ‘most uncomfortable’.

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