As part of the Mayflower 400 project we have been completing historical research around the UK. One of our topics has been the Reformation and its impact on local churches.
We recently went to look at 6 churches with Roger Wilson, an expert in Church history, to see how they have changed over the last 400+ years. The churches we visited were spread across Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire.
The second church we went to see was St Peter’s Church in Brooke, Leicestershire. It shows clearly how it was changed to meet the Elizabethan era of worship using the 1559 prayer book.
The view of the Church from the side shows how additional sections were added over time to the original building.
The Saxon door with decorated stone carving still exists.
Inside an old table stands where a communion table would have once stood allowing people to gather around it. Although later changes to Church Doctrine would specify where communion had to be taken in the 1559 Prayer Book a specific location was not specified.
Box pews were available for rent either as a family or via a workers guild. Where people could not afford a pew they would bring cushions or a stool of simply sit or kneel in the space before the communion table.