St Peter’s Church
The church has its roots back in 1908, in Lower Gustard Wood, a mission room of corrugated steel was proposed and an appeal for funds was launched. What foresight Laura Pearce had when responding to the appeal – “For an iron church I will give you nothing; but make it a permanent church and I will give you a thousand pounds”.
This enabled our fine building of neo Gothic design, built of Bath stone and knapped flints to be built and dedicated in 1910, in memory of her husband, the Revd William Peter Pearce, Rector of Ayot St Lawrence from 1889 to 1910.
We have now passed our centenary which was celebrated in July 1910 and the church has had a remarkable history influencing many lives which has been recorded in a book by Rodney Locks, ‘St Peter’s Church – A Living History’. The book is a compilation of many stories and photographs. It gives some insight into the lives of very special people including a Station Master and Publican, the way our Lord has worked through them, calls to the ministry, work amongst our youth and some extraordinary events. It provides a powerful testimony of what may be achieved through prayer and Christian steadfastness.