History week kicks off church celebration
This year marks the 800th anniversary of All Saints Church, Paston, in Peterborough, and there is a year full of activities and events planned to celebrate this major milestone. The first of these events is a history week from February 11 - 17. The church will be open from 9.30am to 4pm – excluding Sunday the 12th. Entrance is free (donations welcome) and inside the church there will be many displays of the history of the church and the area of Gunthorpe, Walton and Paston over 800 years. There will be many artefacts, exhibition material, photographs, maps and registers – some dating from 1291. View the history of one of the longest roads in Peterborough, Fulbridge Road; the coming of the railways and the ways the community was built up from fields to the present conurbations of Gunthorpe, Paston and Walton. The church will be welcoming local schools to visit and the children will be shown round by costumed guides such as: The Rev Joseph Pratt (60 years of ministry at the church) and who was so eloquent a speaker that a gallery (no longer present) had to be built to accommodate the congregation; and, as well, Edmund Mount seven who built almshouses on Paston Ridings.