History

St Peter’s Collegiate Church Wolverhampton was founded in AD994 by Lady Wulfruna. The present building dates from 1200 to 1500, with a Victorian Chancel. From 1480 to 1846 the church was a 'Royal Peculiar', linked with St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. The Dean of Windsor was also Dean of Wolverhampton. Button Gwinnett, one of the signatories of the American Declaration of Independence, was married in the church in 1757. He became President (Governor) of Georgia.

One of the former Rectors was the father of Dora Penny, who was immortalised by her family friend Edward Elgar when he made her the subject of one of his Enigma Variations. His visits to the Rectory and support for the Wolves are well documented.

The church is the civic church for the city of Wolverhampton and a member of the Greater Churches Group.

St Peter's Collegiate Church has a long musical tradition and former organists include W.H. Mann and Sidney Campbell.

Visit the Church's Heritage Centre for a full history of the church, and there is much more detail on Wikipedia.