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St Nicholas - Peper Harow

St Nicholas Church is in an idylic setting, tucked away on the Harow Estate, bordered by farm buildings and former estate buildings and acres of rolling fields. Parts of the church date back to 1300's, the tower and roof having been recently replaced following a fire in 2007.

 

The church is available to hire for quiet days and meetings, click here for more information.

 

St Nicholas church holds between 50 and 120 although larger congregations can still enjoy services by using the 12-16 spare chairs we have in storage.

 

Please check the Services page for service times. You might like to let us know if you would like to receive a regular text message to remind you of the weekly service times across the benefice.

 

On entering the pretty double sided lych gate, you will see the words 'I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE' and on exiting, ' TO THE GLORY OF GOD, AND IN MEMORY OF HARRIET, WIDOW OF WILLIAM JOHN 7th VISCOUNT MIDLETON, BORN AUG 10 1804, ENTERED INTO REST AUG 13 1893 AGE 89'. The gate was erected by their daughter.

 

Despite its proximity to the A3, the area is wonderfully quiet and peaceful and almost devoid of cars. There is a strong link to the countryside and in addition to the regular church services and occasional sercices (such as baptisms, weddings and funerals) there are a number of country services here.

 

The cemetery is still open for burials and there is an area for interment of ashes. In line with normal Diocesan rules, any Parishioner or member of the Church electoral roll may be laid to rest here and additional family members may also be included at the discretion of the Priest and PCC (parochial church council).

 

St. Nicholas has an electric organ and very good accoustics as well as fully controllable underfloor heating and hence the temperatures are very comfortable, even in winter. The church is also on one level and hence accessible for wheelchairs.

 

There is one bell ( a ship's bell) which is rung prior to regular services taking place. Sadly the bell is unsuitable for weddings, so if you are planning to get married at St. Nicholas' you might like to consider hiring a local handbell ringing group who can be found here: www.handbell.co.uk/lammas

 

Sadly due to its rural location and because there have been a number of thefts, the church is permanently locked but can be opened by request.

 

To Find St Nicholas, Peper Harow:

 

The church is officially covered by postcode GU8 6BQ, though GU8 6BG may be more helpful and this is indicated on the map opposite, though this postcode is not specifically for the church. Please note that the church is on the estate which can be entered by the gated road off Elstead Road. There is a sign on the gate which states that the estate is private, but access to the church is permitted.

Satnavs may have trouble finding the location. A grid reference SU934441 may be helpful.

 

There is a car park for the local business offices which is vacant at weekends and can be used for visitors to the church. This area will hold 50 to 75 vehicles. Please note that this is not available during the week, when the offices are in use.

 

 

Claim to fame

ITV filmed service during the 1980/90 period. It is thought it was a communion service and aerial views from the tower were broadcast, as well as the service and the interior.

 

The village of Peper Harow gets one or two mentions in Ridley Scott's 2010 epic 'Robin Hood' movie, which starred Russell Crowe and some of the location shots were filmed not too many miles from the village.

 

More recently (2011-12) the churchyard and lychgate were used in a production of the award winning series, 'Hunderby', with Alexander Armstrong with a scene, shot in twilight, of the coach and horses clattering through the Estate .

Local Facilities

There is a cricket pitch and pavillion opposite the Mansion House, the pitch having witnessed many an aristocractic game, as the Estate was the seat of Viscount Midleton. Point to point (steeplechase) racing also takes place from time to time here. Shackleford has more facilities and the area is only a short ride to Godalming and Guildford.

 

[ Wedding photography shown on this page by kind permission of Mr David Wickham - www.modernvintageweddings.com]