The Cathedral of the Fens, Walpole St Peter is one of England's finest and grandest parish churches.
The main body of the church was built in the 15th century, although the tower is a survival from the 13th century. Outside the church is a mass of pinnacles and battlements, and there is a vaulted passageway under the tower with carved roof bosses, and a two storey south porch.
Inside is a towering screen carved in 1630 and an elaborate font cover from around 1600. The rood screen painted with saints is from the 15th century and medieval glass survives in the Lady Chapel window.
The pews are dramatically carved on the backs and end, look for the camels either side of the entrance to the chancel.
The church is always open to visitors and hosts regular community events and a flower festival.
The church is mostly used by Common and Soprano Pipistrelles, as well as a smaller number of Brown Long-eared Bats. The size of the church makes it incredibly difficult to keep clean during the summer. There is also concern that the bat urine is damaging the rood screen and particularly the screen in the south aisle. Bats also use the organ as a feeding perch, and fill the pipes with discarded moth wings.
We are funding full surveys in the church in 2021 and will create a mitigation plan to reduce the cleaning burden in the church and particularly to protect the recently restored organ.