Featured Acquisitions

St Peter’s Church

St Peter’s Church has been a redundant Church since the 1970’s but it has remained a very prominent and important building for the town of Sudbury. The building dominates the Market Hill, and the twice weekly market is held in front of the church tower. The clock at the top of the tower provides the time to all quarters of the town and over the years many people have walked to work aware of the position of the hands on the dial denoting if they were on time, early or late for their destination.

SEA has many examples of the church being featured on town Christmas and greeting cards. There are numerous adverts for concerts, meetings, fairs and markets that must exist but SEA does not have many examples of those.

As a church in the centre of Sudbury, it has been the building where many civic services have been held and the orders of service are interesting but also the time of day such services were held could be an insight into the workings of the town community. 

During the last 40 years of the 20thcentury as ecumenism became a part of the Christian Fellowship in Sudbury, many acts of worship encompassed all denominations and these were often held in St Peter’s. We have examples of the format of these services through the service sheets printed at the time.

The church is not just a building but the people who worship in that building and the congregation often held social events during the week and ran groups to help nurture members with their understanding and spiritual growth. SEA has the program for the summer fete in the 1960’s and examples of tickets for a function before the First World War.

There are also some interesting documents about the bells, including the sheets completed when they were checked in 1973.

SEA would be delighted to receive any other examples of events held in St Peter’s Church or descriptions of such events. Please contact SEA via the website www.sudburyephemera.org

For more details of all the items we hold, see our Ephemera Catalogue.


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Previous Featured Acquisitions

The Patchwork Players (Featured Acquisition May 2019)

All Saints Middle School (Featured Acquisition March 2019)

Sudbury Dramatic Society Productions (Featured Acquisition February 2019)

Celebrations and Commemorations (Featured Acquisition December 2018)

Sudbury’s war memorial (Featured Acquisition October 2018)

Donated Photographs part 2 (Featured Acquisition September 2018)

Donated photographs (Featured Acquisition July 2018)

Tickets (Featured Acquisition May 2018)

Eating Habits (Featured Acquisition April 2018)

Advertisements (Featured Acquisition March 2018)

Painters and Paintings (Featured Acquisition February 2018)

The Importance of Photographic Evidence (Featured Acquisition January 2018)

Timetables and Public Transport (Featured Acquisition November 2017)

Thornton’s Estate Agency Property Details (Featured Acquisition October 2017)

Local Adverts (Featured Acquisition August 2017)

The Sudbury Parish Recorder (Featured Acquisition July 2017)

The Sudbury Borough Surveyor (Featured Acquisition June 2017)

Elections (Featured Acquisition May 2017)

Trinity Congregational Chapel – Spite Chapel (Featured Acquisition March 2017)

Property Deeds (Featured Acquisition February 2017)

Town Events (Featured Acquisition January 2017

Clubs and Societies (Featured Acquisition December 2016)

Sudbury Grammar School (Featured Acquisition November 2016)

Retail (Featured Acquisition October 2016)

Fire! fire! (Featured Acquisition September 2016)

Carnivals, Regattas and Fetes (Featured Acquisition August 2016)

Autograph books from the Belle Vue Red Cross Hospital Sudbury (Featured Acquisition July 2016)

What can we find out from a receipt? (Featured Acquisition June 2016)

The indenture of Henry Brackett, 6th July 1844 (Featured Acquisition May 2016)

Nuisance Books or Inspectors’ Journals (Featured Acquisition April 2016)