St. Peter, Cookley
Until 1849 Cookley was part of the parish of Wolverley, and up until the formation of the parish of Kidderminster Ismere, remained so for all parochial purposes, but since that date it has become a distinct and separate ecclesiastical parish, and can boast a beautiful church, dedicated to St. Peter. It is a splendid example of Gothic architecture.
Built chiefly with the funds of the late Esq. of Blakeshall – W. Hancocks. He also gave the communion plate, six bells and an endowment of £1000. The church was designed by Mr. Perkins of Worcester and built by Edward Smith of Old Swinford.
Church open during the day (time??)
Bell ringing practice is Tuesday evenings 7.30 pm to 9.00pm. (check time)
Behind the church door is a copy of the ‘Saxon Charter of 964 AD’ which defines the boundaries of Cookley.
Both the West and East stained glass windows are exceptionally beautiful examples of the work of the famous designer William Wailes (1808-1881) of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The West window was the gift of Matthew Heath, Esq. Ironmaster of Heathfield. The East window was the gift of Mrs. W. Hancocks of Blakeshall Hall.
In the church there is both a Tablet and a Memorial Plate to the Cookley missionary Eleanor Harrison.