St. Peter’s Church, Leckhampton, Cheltenham is a wonderfully traditional venue for a wedding ceremony. It’s graveyard (perhaps not the best thing to talk about on a wedding site admittedly), is littered with famous people such as Dr Edward Wilson, Baron de Ferrières, Sir Robert Smirke. The father or English Opera, John Barnett is also buried there.
The fortunes of St Peter’s church and its incumbents are closely linked to the Court. The lords of the manor were patrons until 1903; later that role was assumed by the Bishop of Gloucester. No religious house is mentioned in the Domesday Survey, but in 1133 Henry I endowed the Canons of Cirencester Abbey with the church at Cheltenham and its attached chapels. One of these must have been at Leckhampton, for in 1162 its priest, Henry by name, was summoned before Archbishop Thomas-à-Beckett in a dispute over payment of dues to the Canons of Cirencester. Henry was found liable and fined two shillings.
Check out the related posts below for more details on weddings I have photographed at St. Peter’s Church, Leckhampton.