St Peter’s Church, Yaxley
St Peter’s Church inYaxley is a super choice for a wedding ceremony. The church is situated in the most serene and lovely part of the village. While the front faces the road, the back has a pastoral outlook with horses grazing in fields. I used to live in this village and if I ever wanted time to think about things in peace I would walk to this spot, sit on the church wall and dream.
I’ve played at several wedding ceremonies at St Peter’s – both wedding quartets and solo cello – and the church is fairly large and quite broad, so there’s plenty of room to accommodate all sizes of string ensembles as well as quite large numbers of guests. In fact the church has its own resident band who play for the Sunday morning services and has a raised platform which can be set up for musicians at the front, if requested.
St Peter’s has an interesting history. One of its most touching aspects is the tribute inside the church to one of the prison officers of the former prisoner of war camp at Norman Cross. Although the camp was demolished long ago, in the early 19th century it housed several thousand men and was situated just a couple of miles away. The officer mentioned had died young but was so respected and loved by the prisoners for his many kindnesses to them that they used their own money to have a remembrance stone created.
Like most churches the acoustic here is good – resonant and not too echoey – and has a very open feel to it. Being close to the A1 and Peterborough there’s also easy access to a wide range of reception venues afterwards.
- St Peters Yaxley, 43 Church Street, Yaxley, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE7 3LH, Tel:01733 240339, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org