St Peter’s Church

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Scotter is a dormitory village a few miles from Scunthorpe. It has a few shops and a couple of pubs and a church. There is little about it on the web and only locals go there. We've driven through it many times but this is the first time we've stopped to look at the church.

It is a lovely setting surrounded by trees and an old graveyard. A sign from the main road proclaims 11thC church.

The doorway is 11thC but the rest of the church is later. It is a typical English country church with large square battlemented tower at the west end, a long low nave with large windows and a smaller and lower chancel.

The south door is a typical Norman doorway with round pillars on either side and a round arch above. The tympanum is uncarved and is thought to be Saxon work.

Inside it is a very light church with light streaming in through the plain glass windows. Walls have been recently whitewashed. Unfortunately this masks the detail of carving on the pillar capitals. It still has some white painted Georgian box pews as well as modern chairs.

Pillars and pointed arches separating nave and north aisle. At the back is an octagonal 14thC font with flowers and shields carved round the bowl.

On the south wall above the font is a brass to Marmaduke Trywhitt with the kneeling figures of Marmaduke and his wife with their children behind them. On the wall above is a 16thC helmet which was found by workmen in the local river and placed in the church.

The rood screen is 19thC and on the left side is a Victorian copy of Melozzo da Forti's 'Angelo Annunciante'

The chancel is very plain. On the east wall is a stone slab altar which is probably as old as the church. It was removed, presumably during the Commonwealth, and used a grave slab for William Carrington, the Rector who died in 1697. It has been returned to the church with a later altar standing in front of it. On the north wall are two aumbry cupboards. One has a door, the other is an open shelf set in a niche with a carved head below it.

This is a very simple church. It is well cared for by the parishioners. There is nothing noteworthy to attract the visitors. It is a typical English parish church like so many others.

The church is open during the day. There is disabled access through the door under the tower. There are two steps into the church from the south door. The church is at the end of a lane and there is a small car park for church users.

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