Worship has been offered here since Saxon times and the Domesday Book mentions a priest incumbent here at the time of the survey in 1068.
St. Peter Ad Vincula was built at a time of great wealth and great faith. The church we see today was constructed in the perpendicular style in the early 15th century when Coggeshall enjoyed the prosperity of the wool trade. It recovered from a period of neglect with a fine, sympathetic restoration in the 19th century and from devastation when a bomb destroyed much of the North West end in 1940; the restoration following the bombing was completed in 1956.
St. Peter’s church is one of the largest in Essex and is Grade 1 listed. There are two side chapels (Lady Chapel and St. Catherine’s Chapel) which are regularly used for prayer.
Principally St. Peter’s church is a house of prayer which, for many generations, the people of Coggeshall have used in all of life’s changes, from birth to death.
As Coggeshall’s Church of England Parish Church, St. Peter’s is the focus for the church’s ministry and mission which continues today.
We ask for your prayers and your support, and we hope you will visit this wonderful example of the ‘great’ wool churches of East Anglia. You will be most welcome!