A History of St Peter's Church, Withington
By The late Reverend J C Williams
Withington and its manors are mentioned in the Domesday Book (1085 – 1087), the name being spelt “Withingtune”, and there was almost certainly a Saxon church on the site.
The Nave and Chancel were built in the late 12th century, the evidence being the thickness of the walls and the 12th century doorways (the north one is now blocked). The Tower and graceful Spire were added in the 14th century.
The windows date from the 13th century onwards, whilst the Chanel Screen is of the 15th century. In the south wall of the nave is a Piscina of the late 13th century (used for cleansing the sacred vessels after Communion) and nearby an unusual recess of the same date.
In the Chancel there is a brass tablet to William Saxeye (1612), a Chief Justice in Ireland under Queen Elizabeth 1. There are also chairs dating from 1626 onwards. The Communion Table is mid-17th century.
The steps and base of the churchyard Cross are of the 14th or 15th century, and the Lych gate (which has been restored) probably dates from the 16th century.
John Phillips (1676 – 1709) author of “Cyder and other verse, lived at Withington Court and has a monument in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey. The grave of his friend and contemporary, William Broome, was recently discovered east of the Chancel. He lived at Eau Withington.
A Processional Cross in wrought iron with silver inserts representing the crucifixion nails was in recent years placed in the Chancel in memory of the Reverend J C Williams.