St Peter’s blue plaque marks over a thousand years of Christian worship in Addingham

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ADDINGHAM’s civic society Blue Plaque program opened its fifth building on Sunday when a plaque was unveiled at St Peter’s Church.

The plaque records Archbishop Wulfhere of York’s visit to Addingham in AD 867 as a listed ancient building and monument.

Before the unveiling, the plaque was covered with two banners, one displaying the coat of arms of the Vavasour family who had been lords of the manor for several centuries and the other depicting an early Christian symbol incorporating a fish, a boat and a cross. After a welcome from the Rector, the Reverend Jill Perrett, and an explanation of the Civic Society’s Ken Birch project, the plaque was unveiled by the Archdeacon of Bradford, the Venerable Dr Andy Jolley. St Peter’s is a Grade 1 listed building and considered the oldest of the more than 60 churches in the Bradford area and the Archdeacon commended the church members for their care of the building.

Jim Robinson, president of the Addingham Civic Society, and Geoff Hairsine, who heads the Blue Plaque initiative, said how happy they were to see the sign go up to church, even though it had taken enough time. Church warden Professor Arthur Francis responded with the quote known to all Anglican church wardens, that although God’s mills can grind very well, they are extremely slow.


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