The website for events at St. Peter & St. Paul's Church, Maperton
The website for events at St. Peter & St. Paul's Church,Maperton

The Nicholson Lecture


Claude Nicholson


 Brigadier Claude Nicholson, late 16/5th The Queen’s Royal Lancers, was one of the brightest soldiering prospects of his generation and a keen horseman, who spent many happy days at Maperton House before he was despatched to command the garrison at Calais in 1940: after an heroic battle against overwhelming odds, the port fell and Nicholson was captured. He died in a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany in 1943: the memorial to him in the church was erected before the back-dated award of a C.B. had been gazetted. 

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 The Nicholson Lecture is delivered annually in memory of Brigadier Nicholson by a serving or retired member of our armed forces: the proceeds will be divided equally between St. Peter & St. Paul’s Church, Maperton and the speaker’s regimental, corps or Service charity.


Details of the 2017 Nicholson Lecture appear on our Forthcoming Events page

Visiting us

We are a non-profit organisation and welcome any kind of support. If you would like to support us, please check out the Support Us page for more information.

For a map and directions for finding the church, go to the Contact Us page.


Disabled Access: This is an old building: it is not designed for wheeled access and compromises have to be made.  There is a two-inch step up into the porch and nave, but access beyond the nave is restricted.


Amenities: There are no publicly accessible lavatory or washing facilities at the church or in Maperton village.


Taxis: Destination Travel - 01963.34441 in Wincanton.


Banks, doctors and chemists: Wincanton (3 miles)


Railways:  Castle Cary (Great Western) -  6 miles - or Templecombe (South-west Trains), 4 miles


Opening hours

St. Peter & St. Paul's Church, 






The church is normally open during daylight hours in the winter and from 9.30 am until 6 pm in the summer.  If it is shut, a key can be obtained from J. Scott at Yarn Barton (details on the notice-board in the porch) or ring 07966.171723

Copyright in all photographs on this website belongs to O.J. de C. Scott, L.R.P.S.

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