Shelford St Peter and St Paul

Features and Fittings

Stone angel with shield dating from Elizabethan times, formerly on porch with sundial beneath, now at end of roof beam at north west of nave.

On sill of window at the east end of the south aisle (Stanhope Chapel):

An old quern.

A wooden collecting box.

An ancient piece of a Saxon cross, dated c750 by British Museum.

A baked clay Saxon loom weight.

Part of a stone carving showing a head in a Viking helmet.

Date stone, deposited for safe keeping in 1981, inscribed:


Ceremonial helmet (with crest of a tower azure, a demi-lion issuant from the battlements, or, crowned gules, holding between the paws a grenade) and gauntlets, perhaps used at a Stanhope funeral 16th or 17th century.

Two shields

These are placed on brackets on each side of the chancel arch:

Northern side:

Quarterly 1 and 4 or, 2 and 3 gules, a star argent. Crest: a boar azure. (Godfrey interprets Stretton’s drawing of this shield as follows: Quarterly sable and gules, in the second and third quarters a mullet [argent]. Crest, a boar azure.

Southern side:

Azure, a lion rampant or. (Godfrey interprets Stretton’s drawing of this shield as follows: Azure, semée of fleurs-de-lis, a lion rampant, or, Beaumont, possibly the arms of William, Viscount Beaumont, Lord Bardolf, and Lord Beaumont, lord of the manors of Stoke Bardolf and Shelford and patron of Shelford Priory, d1507.)

Other Items

Cabinet containing the Book of Remembrance with small brass plate inscribed:


Holy table or altar of carved wood, possibly from 1857

2 communion rails - one on either side of altar

1 oak sanctuary chair

4 choir pews (2 on each side and a rail on each side of chancel)

2 chairs in chancel, one bearing the following inscription:

Faithful churchwarden
& treasurer
Died 26 March 1997
Aged 79

Oak credence table

Font of stone with wooden lid, dated 1662

Pulpit of carved wood mounted on stone

Old oak Litany desk

Screen, formerly dividing vestry from tower

Early pedestal alms box, oak, in Stanhope chapel

Modern offertory box set in wall near entrance door

Old chest with three locks, perhaps sixteenth century, in Stanhope chapel

Chest for altar frontals in Stanhope chapel

Oak chest

Oak table bearing the following inscription:

In Grateful Memory of
who ministered at Shelford 1989 to 2002
A friend to all

Large parish map designed to celebrate the Millennium in 2000