TF6119 : St Margaret's church in Kings Lynn - south aisle

taken 7 years ago, near to West Lynn, Norfolk, Great Britain

St Margaret's church in Kings Lynn - south aisle
St Margaret's church in Kings Lynn - south aisle
St Margaret's church (the church's full dedication is to St Margaret, St Mary Magdalene and All the Virgin Saints), situated on Saturday Market Place, is the second largest medieval church in Norfolk, measuring 235 feet (72 metres) in length. The church > LinkExternal link was built on the site of a Norman priory church and whereas the south-west tower > LinkExternal link of the building has survived in its original form, the priory, of which no trace remains, was dissolved in the 1530s. The church was further rebuilt and added onto during the 13th century but when the spire and top of the north-west tower collapsed in 1740 much of the nave was destroyed. The building was reconstructed in the 19th century, restoring the transepts, removing a row of shops on the north side and installing a clock > LinkExternal link on the south-west tower which shows the time of high tides. Beside the west doorway there are a number of markers > LinkExternal link recording the high water levels of 19th and 20th century town floods. Inside the church, the 14th century carved misericords > LinkExternal link in the chancel are a reminder of the former priory status and the screens in the aisles date from the 14th century also. The Flemish-style reredos > LinkExternal link dates from the late 1800s. The stained glass windows > LinkExternal link were installed in the 19th and 20th centuries, with the east window > LinkExternal link being an unusual round shape. The glass it contains was made by Ward and Hughes. Two of the most famous and largest C14 brasses in England can be found in the south aisle > LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link. They are believed to be of Flemish workmanship and commemorate wealthy merchants who were mayors of King's Lynn. The other brasses in the church (there is a record of over 40) were sold by churchwardens in order to raise money for repairs and some others were stolen by a gravedigger who, after having been accused of theft, hanged himself in the belfry.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 17 June, 2010   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 19 June, 2010
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Church interior   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 6178 1978 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.0852N 0:23.7353E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 6176 1978
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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