Church History and Tour
In the early 1880s, Catharine Maria Sparke, widow of Canon Edward Sparke (Canon of Ely Cathedral 1829-1878 and son of Bishop Sparke), was seeking to provide a suitable memorial to her late husband. A new church in the overcrowded riverside area of Ely was decided upon as a fitting tribute and generous endowments were provide for its future funding including provision for a Priest to serve it. The foundation stone was laid on St Peter's Day 1889 and the church was dedicated on Monday 30 June 1890.
St Peter-in-Ely continues to hold the unusual position of a Proprietary Chapel within The Church Of England and Diocese of Ely.
The church contains much of historical interest especially the great Rood Screen by Sir Ninian Comper and the East window by Charles Kempe. The documents and pictorial tour below will tell you a little more of its story and give a glimpse of what you may find here today.
A Brief Pictorial Tour of the church Click on each image to enlarge