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St. Peter, Upper Arley

St Peter’s, Upper Arley; Part of the church dates to the 1100s, with a Victorian extended chancel, vestry and porch. A new kitchen and toilet extension were added in 2005/6. The building is grade 2 listed and seats around 180 -200 people. It is built of local stone and has many attractive features; the church is open every day.

There is a bell tower with six bells which are rung at weddings with the help of ringers from Alverley and once a month before morning service by ringers from other churches in the Team and the surrounding area.  Bell ringing practice night - Tuesday evenings (need to check day and time)

There is a churchyard which is still open, but getting close to being full. Therefore full burials are restricted to the residents of Arley and Shatterford unless in an existing family grave; interment of ashes is treated more flexibly. The civil Parish Council are looking to acquire some land from Arley Estate for a municipal cemetery which will ease the situation.

The building is in good repair having had its roof replaced two years ago with stainless steel, following lead thefts. On occasions it is used by villages groups during the week if the hall has been previously booked, as well as for concerts.
 
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