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St Peter Church- Merton

There has been a Christian church on the site of St. Peter’s for more than a thousand years and through God’s Grace we will be here another thousand. We are growing not just numerically, but in spirituality and the Love of Christ.


For over a thousand years Christians have worshipped at the beautiful Church of St. Peter de Merton beside St. Peter’s Green in Bedford. Few of them, though, can have been aware that the first village of Bedanford is thought to have been centred here. The early history of this site may date back, possibly, to between 585 & 827 A.D. during the days of Mercia and the early spread of Christianity. Built mainly of timber, its precise shape is uncertain, only stonework surviving alteration to tell us of the early days of the later building here.