About Us

The building of the church began in 1855 in response to a rapid increase in Peterborough’s population following the arrival of the railway. The architect was Edward Ellis of whom we know very little other than the fact he also designed a church at Upper Edmonton. The builder was John Thompson, a local man whose activities extended nationwide (his firm rebuilt the central tower of Peterborough Cathedral when it was threatened with collapse in 1883). John Thompson was one of the first churchwardens of St. Mark’s and later Mayor of Peterborough. The east window was his gift to the church and the clergy stalls were given in his memory.

The west window, containing the arms of the dioceses of England, was given by G. H. Whalley, M.P. for the city. Other windows in the south wall are associated with the Willoughby family and the Westgate House School (1866-95) with which the church had close connections.

In common with other churches built at this period, the design was strongly influenced by the Gothic Revival movement and the architect is inspired by that of the early decorated period (14th Century). The tower and spire are unconventionally positioned at the east end in order to dominate the skyline from three directions.

The church was consecrated on 26th September 1856, and is not just an historic building and city landmark, but the home of a worshipping community. Within its walls countless people have come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. As a church we remain committed to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ, and go forward in faith and confidence under God’s guidance to face whatever the future may hold.

Church Facilities

St. Mark’s has a spacious and well-equipped church hall on the same site as the church building. The hall is used by various groups during the week, such as the Women’s Institute and various other societies. The hall’s facilities include a recently refurbished kitchen, and toilets. The main hall has a stage and there is …

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Vicar’s Welcome

St Mark’s is a growing and friendly Christian community in the heart of Peterborough. We are convinced that church should be positive and uplifting, practical and relevant, encouraging and great fun! Our vision is to be making a MARK for Christ in our community and city, where our patron saint’s name reminds us that we …

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Who’s Who

Revd. Adrian Holdstock – Vicar Revd. Kevin Fear  – Curate Sandra Baugh – Lay reader and Discipleship team leader    Marion Peasgood- Churchwarden Stan Nyokas – Churchwarden and Business team leader  Jonathan Burberry – Outreach team leader   Diane Plant – Prayer team leader Paul Middleton- Estates team leader   Jacob Yates – Church Website and Social …

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