St. Peter's Collegiate Church
WE REGRET THAT, OWING TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, ALL SERVICES ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED.
IF YOU WISH TO VISIT FOR PRIVATE PRAYER, PLEASE CHECK FIRST BY PHONING THE PARISH OFFICE BETWEEN 10.00 AND 2.00 WEEKDAYS, ON 01902 422642.
WE MUST ADVISE THAT, FOLLOWING THE ADVICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH FOR WOLVERHAMPTON, THOSE IN A VULNERABLE GROUP, E.G. PREGNANT OR OVER THE AGE OF 70, SHOULD NOT COME INTO CHURCH.
The Collegiate Church of Saint Peter stands at the highest point of Wolverhampton, on a site hallowed by the prayers of Christian people for over one thousand years. It is a living monument to Wolverhampton’s long history, and it is a place where people come for special services, for joyful and solemn civic occasions, for concerts and recitals, for quiet in the middle of their busy lives as well as week by week to express their commitment to Christ and His Gospel.
The first church to be built on this site was the monastery of St Mary, which Lady Wulfrun rebuilt in 994. Her statue stands in the square outside. She endowed it with vast lands in Wolverhampton, Bilston, Willenhall, Wednesfield and Pelsall. She made it a Collegiate church and placed it in the care of a dean and seven prebendaries. Work on the present building started in 1425 and, of the earlier building, only the lower part on the outside walls, the base of the tower and the lower half of the porch remain. The church you see today is much as the mediaeval builders left it at the beginning of the 16th century, with the exception of the chancel which was completely rebuilt in 1867.
In 1479 King Edward IV united the Deanery of Wolverhampton with the Deanery of Windsor where he had recently built the chapel of St. George and he appointed Richard Beauchamp, Bishop of Salisbury, as the first Dean of Windsor and Wolverhampton. Other Deans include: Samson (chaplain to William the Conqueror and compiler of the Domesday Book); Peter of Blois (secretary to Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine); Christopher Urswick (who appears in Shakespeare’s Richard III, Act iv, Scene 5); Cardinal Bainbridge (who was poisoned in Rome); Owen Oglethorpe (who crowned Elizabeth I); and Matthew and Christopher Wren (uncle and father of the architect).
The union between the two survived throughout the Reformation, and Wolverhampton was the only Royal Peculiar in Staffordshire to be restored to that status after the accession of Queen Mary I in 1553. After the death of Dean Hobart in 1846, Parliament abolished the Deanery of Wolverhampton and St Peter’s became a Rectory in the Diocese of Lichfield.
The cost of building the church was immense, and so also is the cost of maintaining it but it is open every day to provide a beautiful place of peace and prayer, as well as worship. Entrance is free but we welcome gifts from those who are able to give, in order that we can sustain the life and fabric of St Peter's for future generations to use and enjoy.
The link above will download recent Church notices.
The link above will download the current Music List. It details the anthems, settings, hymns psalms, responses that are to be sung during our choral services. A dedicated choir website is found here.
Regular Service Pattern
The regular pattern of worship in St Peter’s is as follows:
08.00 - Eucharist (Book of Common Prayer)
11.15 - Choral Eucharist (Common Worship) with Junior Church, and refreshments afterwards
18.30 - Choral Evensong (Book of Common Prayer)
12.30 - Eucharist (Book of Common Prayer)
17.15 Choral Evensong (Girls' Choir during term time)
12.30 - Eucharist (Common Worship)
We are currently undergoing a large project to restore our historic Father Willis organ. Alongside working on all the moving parts and sound of the instrument, the front pipes are being returned to their former glory.
We hope the restoration will be complete by Christmas 2019.