Recent archaeology suggests that there may have been a 'house-church' on this site as far back as Roman times. This was followed by a small Benedictine priory founded by Ethelreda in Saxon times (who was responsible for the founding of Ely cathedral). It was only in use for a short time before the monks left and it fell into disrepair. A church was built in the 13th century and the present church built over the first in the 14th. St Peter's church is famous for its 'angels' (couldn't get a good photo) which preside over the nave, and feature in the book The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers (The Nine Tailors is a very long 'ring' of bells). Dorothy Sayers was the daughter of Upwell Christchurch.