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Peakirk Package Tour: paintings, pastries and pottery

Join West Deeping Heritage Group for a summer outing on Wednesday 7th August 2019. Meet at 2 p.m. outside the church or in the church porch if wet.

A guided tour of St Pega’s Church, including the medieval wall paintings, followed by a home-made tea, a tour of the historic village and finishing with the latest  excavation of a test pit by the Peakirk Archaeological Survey Team (PAST).

  • Church tour and refreshments: £6.
  • Village tour and archaeology: Voluntary donation towards Church roof Replacement Appeal
  • Parking alongside the village green or at the Village Hall, St Pega’s Road, opposite the Ruddy Duck Public House

Please email wdheritage@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01778 344768 to book your place by Friday 2nd August

New Year programme begins – in medieval times


Longthorpe Tower from the north-east

How many of us, living only a few miles away, have passed by Longthorpe Tower time and time again and thought how we really should see the famous murals and find out about the tower’s history? It’s closed between November and April but here’s the opportunity!

Longthorpe Tower is the subject of the first talk in our 2018 programme,  on Tuesday 16th January at West Deeping Village Hall.  Our speaker, Chris Carr, has been a tour guide at Longthorpe for a number of years.  In this talk she will explain the symbolism of the paintings and the background to the building in which they are housed, including some of the history of the family responsible for commissioning them.


 Cutaway reconstruction of the tower © Historic England (drawing by Bob Marshall)

The tower had been used during the Second World War by the Home Guard and the paintings were only discovered in 1945, under many coats of limewash and distemper, when the tenant was preparing to redecorate.   The English Heritage website gives a fascinating glimpse into the earlier history of the manor house of which the tower was originally part, and the man thought to have built the tower around 1300. As much status symbol as refuge, the tower is in itself an unusual feature in southern England, but its great renown derives from the spectacular wall-paintings in the main first-floor room. Added about 1330, they are among the most impressive examples of medieval domestic wall-painting in northern Europe.

Chris Carr will no doubt have much more to tell and show us on the subject of this significant heritage feature right on our doorstep.

Our talk starts at 7.30, but refreshments are served from 7 pm. All are welcome – no membership is needed and it’s just £2.50 at the door.