800th Year of Celebration Continues

Living Magazines St Peters 800

St Peter’s church in Berkhamsted continues to celebrate its 800th anniversary which runs until the end of the year.

The ancient church was built in 1222 just a few short years after the Magna Carta was signed and has been there for the people of Berkhamsted through the centuries, witnessing so many historic times and life events including baptisms, marriages and funerals for past and present residents of the town. 

Father Stuart Owen, Rector of St Peter’s comments, ‘St Peter’s has played host to a whole host of activities already in its 800th year and we have been delighted to welcome many new – and old – faces into the church to celebrate our grand age with us. Alongside the festivities, many have joined us to find solace in the tranquility of the building, particularly during the recent period of national mourning for her Majesty the Queen. 

‘St Peter’s remains open to all. It’s a church for everyone and I would encourage local people to pop in if they’re passing – have a look around, check out the 800th history exhibition all about Berkhamsted and its church (free), stop to light a candle or say a prayer, or join in with one of the remaining 800th events. We look forward to welcoming you.’


800th Photo Competition

Sponsored by EIC Insurance, St Peter’s 800th photography competition with the theme of Berkhamsted or Celebration is open to all adults in HP4 postcodes and children attending HP4 schools. The closing date is Friday 28 October. Entry details here. 

David Pearce Memorial Lecture – Sir Robin Knox-Johnston – Saturday 8 October 7pm

Come and listen to old-Berkhamstedien, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston – the first person to circumnavigate the globe alone, and non-stop – talk about his adventures, with all ticket sales going to support the 800th fund. Berkhamsted School Centenary Theatre, King’s Road, 7pm, complimentary drink on arrival. Tickets: £20 (£5 U18/students). Event organised by the Friends of St Peter’s. Tickets here. 

800th Parish Dinner – Fri 28 October 7pm 2022

Join us in the historic Deans’ Hall of Berkhamsted School for a special dinner to celebrate 800 years of St Peter’s church in Berkhamsted. All welcome. Ticket details here. 


Berkhamsted Festival of Light – Sun 27 November 2022     4pm

Visit Berkhamsted for the Christmas Lights switch-on and see St Peter’s church lit up by thousands of candles in a spectacular display. Free entry with hot mulled wine and hot chocolate on sale outside – plus a special visit from Saint Nicholas, the original Father Christmas!  

To donate to St Peter’s 800th fund which is supporting local charities and helping to preserve the future of the historic church, click here.