Heritage Open Days - St Peter’s by the Waterfront & The Ipswich Charter Hangings

Visit this historic mariner's church which has links to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey as part of Heritage Open Days and view the heritage displays and the Ipswich Charter Hangings.

St Peter's by the Waterfront has displays about the history of St Peter's Church in the town of Ipswich from the 12th century to the present day. St Peter's is also the home to the Ipswich Charter Hangings created to commemorate the 800 year anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter to Ipswich by King John in 1200; they depict Ipswich through the ages from the pre-Viking period through to the 20th Century. 

St Peter's is home to a rare Tournai Marble Font, dating back to 1130 and one of only a handful in the country; a magnificent East Window and has many Medieval, Tudor and Victorian architectural features.

St Peter's will be open for Heritage Open Days and along with the Charter Hangings will feature information about the building, parish and town of Ipswich as well as additional displays provided by the Over Stoke History Group.

They will also be holding one of their monthly Craft by the Waterfront events on Saturday 11th September between 10am and 4pm.

The annual Suffolk Churches Ride and Stride will also be taking place on Saturday 11th September.

Event Times

Friday 10 September: 10am - 4pm

Saturday 11 September: 10am - 4pm

Tuesday 14 September: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday 15 September: 10.30am - 2pm

Thursday 16 September: 10am - 4pm

Friday 17 September: 10am - 4pm

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional Information

The Ipswich Charter Hangings were commissioned by the Ipswich Arts Association (IAA) and more information about them can be found on the IAA website. St Peter's was taken from the parishioners by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey to become the chapel to his College to rival Cambridge and Oxford; lasting only a few years before he fell from grace all that remains is St Peter's and the watergate on the South perimeter wall.