St. Peter's Church Brafferton

The existing 15th-century church was modified in 1826 by Pritchett. It underwent further restoration in 1878.

Pritchett's work, a new nave, dominates the building. The generous dimensions of the new preaching-box with transepts which protrude to the north and south appear incongruous with little regard to the existing medieval church and appearing to dwarf, the 15th-century chancel, which remained untouched. The chancel was already voluminous with chantry chapels to north and south. A Latin inscription on the external chancel wall commemorates Ralph Neville, founder of the church in the fifteenth century.

Pritchett's work was clearly to achieve an increase in seating capacity. Notes made on his drawings suggest his brief was to increase pew sittings by 78 (66 sittings and 12 free seats) to a total of 641 (392 pews, 249 free and children's seats).


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