Collegiate and Parochial Church of St Peter

Ruthin, United Kingdom

The Vale of Clwyd was a significant center for the development of Christianity, with numerous Celtic saints establishing religious cells in the area. St. Meugan's church in Llanrhydd became a prominent mother church, recorded in historical documents and receiving compensation for damages during wars. Edward I's conquest of Wales in 1282 led to the reduction of St. Meugan's influence, as Ruthin Castle was constructed, and Ruthin became a chartered borough.

Lord John de Grey established St. Peter's Collegiate Church in 1310, housing a community of priests known as the Bonshommes. The church endured damage during uprisings but continued to serve the community. Over time, the church underwent alterations, including a Victorian restoration and the addition of a spire. St. Peter's is known for its distinctive double-naved structure and magnificent timber roofs. Dean Gabriel Goodman played a significant role in Ruthin, refounding the wardenship and constructing almshouses.

The church experienced maintenance challenges, including a fire in 1904. In 1920, the Welsh Church Act resulted in the separation of Wales and Monmouthshire from the Church of England. Notable memorials and historical buildings related to the church and Gabriel Goodman can be found in the vicinity.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Steve Galloway (11 months ago)
St Peter's Church, off Ruthin's town Square is central to Ruthin's "market town" ambience. There are plenty of reviews about the church here, but one feature not so well publicised is the church's association with Ruthin School. The school was originally established in 1284, following Edward l's campaigns in Wales. The school's history is hard to discern during the following couple of centuries but in 1574 the school was re-founded by Gabriel Goodman, a past student of the School and by this time Dean of Westminster. The school was situated in the buildings behind the church and continued there for some few more centuries until its relocation in the 1890's on the eastern side of Ruthin. Please note my interest in this as an Old Ruthinian.
Walker 1971 (13 months ago)
Beautiful sandstone church, with stunning features.
Melanie H (Minty) (19 months ago)
Lovely church, with a thriving community. When we visited, there was soup and sandwiches, a mother and toddler group, and some older folks having tea and chat. It was very welcoming.
Andrew Gale (3 years ago)
Excellent historic church with fantastic historic ceiling carvings, well presented and a peaceful atmosphere. Fine setting and visible landmark within this stretch of the Vale of Clwyd.
Wan CH (4 years ago)
Lonely old people live here where church provides houses. They support each others. Nice day visiting of a historical place in Ruthin.
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