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St. Peter's Church 2003 St. Peter's Church 1931
photo courtesy Paul Benyon

St. Peter's Church was built to cathedral-like proportions in 1865 following the gift to the parish of a sizable private donation. In effect a Chapel, it has always been a subsidiary of St. John the Baptist, Symondsbury. This wonderful Victorian Church has commanding views over Lyme Bay.

Sadly, with dwindling congregations, the current rector concerned with possible closure of the Church within a few years, came up with the idea of making it also a centre for the arts. The opportunity to develop the idea came from the Wallbridge Trust which was set up by the family of a local woman, buried in the churchyard and who, in her lifetime, was strongly supportive of community projects. The trust gave 200,000 for the alterations.

St.Peters - now called 'Eype Church Centre For The Arts' adds a new dimension to the public spaces available for the performing and visual arts in West Dorset. 2003 saw several programme of events from Art exhibitions to Musical evenings with the like of Jacqui Dankworth and Jacqueline Piper plus "chat" evenings with readings by the actor Edward Fox and also talks from some of the BBC Antiques Road Show team.