ST PETER’S HERITAGE
Standing proudly at the head of the Market Hill, the heart of Sudbury, St Peter’s has never been a true parish church. In mediaeval documents it is called “The Chappel of St. Peter”, in effect a chapel of ease to the church of St. Gregory.
In March 1971 St. Peter’s was declared redundant as a church. So came into being the Friends of St. Peter, a registered charity, with the two aims of preserving the building and providing facilities in the interest of social welfare for the recreation and leisure time occupation of the inhabitants of Sudbury and district. The first president of The Friends of St Peter’s was Sir John Betjeman.
On 29th May, 1976 the building was vested to the body now known as the Churches Conservation Trust with the Friends acting as local agents. The Churches Conservation Trust, with support from The Friends, has spent many thousands of pounds in maintaining the fabric of the church which has enabled this beautiful and historic building to remain standing at the heart of the town.