About this Building

This is the Church of St Peter and St Paul, located in Horndon on the Hill. The church was built in the MEDIEVAL (1066-1509) period.

During medieval times, almost everyone in England were Christians following the Roman Catholic religion. They believed in the Christian God and heaven and hell. The village church would have been the centre of the community. Every villager would have attended church services (which were in Latin!) and the priest would have been a very important and influential member of the community. The church and its churchyard would also have been used as a meeting place for local people. Villagers would have given a tithe, a tenth of the food they grew, to the Church too.

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This resource focuses on Horndon on the Hill Church and as well as having some building info and key facts, there is also the activity: Think like a buildings archaeologist! It's aimed at Key Stage 2 and covers History, Citizenship and Art.

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The Church of St Peter and St Paul is a local landmark and occupies an important position at the highest point of the hill in the village. Parts of the church were built in the 13th century (1200s).

The church is named after 2 apostles: St Peter and St Paul. From the reign of King Edward I (1272-1307), the village celebrated a feast for these two saints. This feast and fair is still celebrated today on the 29th June. Look out for the ‘Horndon Beauty’ – a fondly named gargoyle!

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