Peakirk

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Peakirk
St Pega, Peakirk (geograph 2466848).jpg
St Pega's Church
Peakirk is located in Cambridgeshire
Peakirk
Peakirk
Peakirk shown within Cambridgeshire
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Peterborough
Postcode district PE6
Dialling code 01733
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
UK
England
Cambridgeshire
52°37′59″N 0°16′01″W / 52.633°N 0.267°W / 52.633; -0.267Coordinates: 52°37′59″N 0°16′01″W / 52.633°N 0.267°W / 52.633; -0.267
Stained glass window depicting Saint Pega in the church

Peakirk is a civil parish in the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom. For local government purposes it forms part of Newborough ward; for parliamentary purposes it falls within Peterborough constituency. In 2001, the parish had a population of 321 persons and 139 households.[1]

Saint Pega (died c. 719) the sister of Saint Guthlac of Crowland, had a hermitage here.[2] The parish church is uniquely dedicated to St Pega and the name of the village is derived from "Pega's church",[3] the church is a Grade I listed building and has a fine series of wall paintings. It is said that her heart was kept as a relic in the church, contained in a heart stone, the broken remains of which, smashed by Cromwell's troops, can be seen in the south aisle window.[4]

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, founded by Sir Peter Scott in 1946 to preserve and maintain Britain's many species of waterfowl, had a reserve here until 2001.[5]

Glinton cum Peakirk Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School is situated in neighbouring Glinton; secondary pupils attend Arthur Mellows Village College also in Glinton.

Peakirk also has an unusual war memorial. An oak-panelled frame with 48 photographs and details of the service of all who served from the village during the First World War, and not just those who died.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peakirk CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  2. ^ The Hermitage at Peakirk Hidden Heritage (retrieved 19 December 2009)
  3. ^ Church of St Pega Hidden Heritage (retrieved 19 December 2009)
  4. ^ "St. Pega", Peakirk Village
  5. ^ http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/environment/sale_mystery_as_buyer_seals_peakirk_deal_1_136982
  6. ^ [1] Peakirk Village website

External links[edit]

Media related to Peakirk at Wikimedia Commons