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Deene, St Peter

Deene, St Peter

Stunning victorian church in Deene

Like the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore St Peter’s is a magnificent mid 19th century memorial church: here to the memory of that famous Crimean soldier General James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan – The Charge of the Light Brigade fame. He died in 1868 and Thomas Henry Wyatt was commissioned to effectively rebuild the medieval church, retaining only it’s original tower and spire. The ornate polychrome effect internally, with coloured marbles, rich carvings and the varied patterning of the encaustic tiles by Maws, is matched by splendid wrought iron work and a hammer beam ceiling which make this one of the grandest Victorian interiors in the county. When the church was rebuilt the earlier monuments to the Brudenell family were moved here and fill the south chancel chapel. They include the alabaster effigies of Sir Robert (d. 1531) and his two wives attributed to Richard Parker of Burton on Trent. There are then brasses to other 16th century members of the family and more complex marble and stone monuments from the early 17th century That of Anne, Duchess of Richmond, nee Brudenell who died in 1722 contains a bust by Guelfi. The surrounds which is taken from William Kent's addition of Palladio is by Kent's carver John Bossom. In the centre lies the masterpiece by Sir Joseph Boehm of the seventh Earl of Cardigan ( of the Light Brigade) and his wife) Their effigies are in white marble whereas the sarcophagus is in coloured marbles and alabaster with bronze reliefs.

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Contact & Opening Times

NN17 3EW

Opening Times

The church is open weekends 10am until 4pm.


The church lies close to a Country House which offers a restaurant and is open to the public. For opening times, please look at the Historic Houses section of our website under Deene.


Contact Details

The church is looked after by The Churches Conservation Trust website. Visit:

Key holder: 01223 324442

  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Tea & cake
  • Tea & coffee
  • Wifi

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