THE FRIENDS OF ST. REMIGIUS CHURCH, WATER NEWTON
Water Newton is a small, rural village and the site of the historically significant Roman settlement of Durobrivae. The only public building is the Grade II* Listed Church of St. Remigius. The historically important 13th Century building, which is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086, requires significant investment for repairs, restorations and improvements to maintain it as a place for worship, public meetings and as a Visitor Centre for current and future generations.
Aims and Objectives
The ‘Friends of St. Remigius’ is a charity run by volunteers committed to:
I. Keeping the building available and safe as a place for Christian worship, public meetings and gatherings, and as a gateway to the Nene Valley Archaeological Park.
II. Securing additional funds to pay for utilities, insurance, upkeep and general maintenance of the building and churchyard.
III. Making and impementing strategic plans for major repairs and improvements to the building.
IIII. Providing facilities within the building for informing visitors of the rich cultural heritage of the Church and it’s surroundings.
To raise £40,000 initially to enable ‘The Friends’ to make application for grant aided funds for the conservation, urgent repairs and enhancement of the Grade II* Church building
Since its formation in 2011 the FOSR have:
√ Rescued the Grade II* Listed building from closure.
√ Carried out emergency roof repairs.
√ Arranged fundraising events, including the popular Water Newton Music Fest.
√ Funded the shortfall in cash required for the ongoing housekeeping.
√ Dedicated time for the regular upkeep and maintenance of the building as well as attending to the churchyard and graves.
WE NEED YOUR HELP to reach our target and everyone is welcome to join us as a Friend. You can become a Friend by making a minimum annual donation of £10 for sole membership or £18 for a joint membership. If you wish to donate more then this will be most gratefully received. Lifetime memberships are also available.
Details and membership applications can be obtained from:
Mill Stables, Water Newton, Peterborough
PE8 6LY Telephone 01733 237500
Membership Form v4.20.03.14
This lovely church has a long and unique history. The present building dates back to the 13th century, with many of the original stones of the 12th century church being built in to the later walls. The tower is early 14th Century, with the exception of the top six feet, which is modern. Interestingly, the original apex, complete with cross, still stands close to the churchyard wall. The church in its idyllic setting among the trees beside the bank of the River Nene is mentioned in the Doomsday Book survey of 1086. The church has many interesting features including a Roman coffin in the churchyard (“a very fine example” http://www.robschurches.moonfruit.com/), a niche with a medieval figure in the tower external west wall and an effigy from c1300. St Remigius was bishop of Rheims and was responsible for the conversion of Clovis, King of the Franks in AD496.
Water Newton is close to the site of the Roman fortified garrison town of Durobrivae which itself was famous for the production of pottery. In 1975, a hoard of 4th century Roman silver was found in a nearby field, probably buried by an inhabitant of the town. Known as ‘The Water Newton Treasure’. (http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_prb/c/water_newton_treasure_cup.aspx) Many of the objects found feature votive engravings of the chi-rho cross (representing the first two letters of Christ’s name); the symbol most commonly used by early Christians. This find is the earliest mass group of Christian liturgical silver yet found in the Roman Empire and is evidence of early Christian worship. It is indeed possible that a Roman church may have existed nearby.