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Gallery: Churches of Norfolk

by Peter Kessler, 4 April 2010



West Norfolk Part 1: Churches of King's Lynn

St Margaret's Church

St Margaret's Church sits on St Margaret's Place and Saturday Market Place in King's Lynn. Founded by the first bishop of Norwich, Herbert de Losinga, in 1101, it was built on 'The Great Bank' at the edge of the water, and was originally dedicated to St Margaret with St Mary Magdalen and All the Virgin Saints. That building was much smaller than its replacement and little remains of it today. Two towers were added shortly after completion, and portions of these do survive.

St Margaret's Church

The old church had been demolished by the early thirteenth century, and the present building was put up in its place. Further elements were added over subsequent centuries, with the most recent major change being occasioned in September 1741 when a storm brought the steeple of the south-west tower (furthest from the camera) crashing down onto the nave. The new Georgian Gothic nave was completed in 1744. The Victorians restored the church in 1874.

Union Baptist Chapel

The Union Baptist Chapel lies on the northern side of Market Street, adjacent to the town's bus station. The fine-looking building is Victorian, built in 1859 by persons who seceded from various Baptist and Independent congregations. It is a cruciform building in the Early English style, with a small tower and square spire, and contained 500 sittings. It also contained a schoolroom. The chapel closed about 1966, and was later converted to house the Lynn Museum.

All photos on this page contributed by M Kessler.

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