The Church of St Peter is the former parish church of the village of Peterstone, to the south west of the city of Newport. Perpendicular in style, and dating from the fifteenth century, the church underwent two significant restorations, the first following the Great Flood in the early seventeenth century and then in the late nineteenth century.
The church was built in the mid-fifteenth century, under the aegis of St Augustine's Abbey. It is of grey limestone with oolitic limestone dressings. The building is large, comprising a nave with aisles and chancel, a three-stage West tower, a vestry and a porch. The tower is three storeyed with crocketted finials and has carved figures of saints on its four faces. The nave, and its hammerbeam roof is fifteenth century, although restored, while the chancel and its roof are nineteenth century. The 19th century restoration was funded by Sir George Walker Bt. in memory of his wife, Fanny, daughter of Lord Tredegar.References:
The eight towns in south-eastern Sicily, including Ragusa, were all rebuilt after 1693 on or beside towns existing at the time of the earthquake which took place in that year. They represent a considerable collective undertaking, successfully carried out at a high level of architectural and artistic achievement. Keeping within the late Baroque style of the day, they also depict distinctive innovations in town planning and urban building. Together with seven other cities in the Val di Noto, it is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 1693 Ragusa was devastated by a huge earthquake, which killed some 5,000 inhabitants. Following this catastrophe the city was largely rebuilt, and many Baroque buildings from this time remain in the city. Most of the population moved to a new settlement in the former district of Patro, calling this new municipality 'Ragusa Superiore' (Upper Ragusa) and the ancient city 'Ragusa Inferiore' (Lower Ragusa). The two cities remained separated until 1926, when they were fused together to become a provincial capital in 1927.