TG2308 : St Michael at Plea

taken 4 years ago, near to Norwich, Norfolk, Great Britain

St Michael at Plea
St Michael at Plea
Redundant church, now the Norwich Christian Resource Centre. Grade I listed. LinkExternal link
Norwich Churches :: TG2505
In mediaeval times, Norwich boasted 56 churches within the city walls. Thirty-one of these remain today. Five were lost during the Second World War in German bombing raids. Some remain as ruins others were completely demolished. Still in existence today are: All Saints, St Andrew, St Augustine, St Clement, St Edmund, St Etheldreda, St George Colegate, St George Tombland, St Giles, St Gregory, St Helen, St James, St John Maddermarket, St John Sepulchre, St John Timberhill, St Julian, St Laurence, St Margaret, St Martin at Oak, St Mary the Less, St Martin at Palace, St Mary Coslany, St Michael Coslany, St Michael at Plea, St Peter Hungate, St Peter Mancroft, St Peter Parmentergate, St Saviour (to give it its proper name ‘The Transfiguration of our Saviour’), St Simon and St Jude, St Stephen, St Swithin and the tower of St Benedict and remains of St Bartholomew and St Peter Southgate.
They almost all suffered some damage during the war but have been repaired or the remains consolidated, with the exception of St Michael at Thorn, which was completely demolished. The Eastern Daily Press offices now stand on the site. The name Thorn Road is the only reminder of its whereabouts.
Many are no longer used for religious purposes but have been converted into offices, welfare centres and community resources.
Grade I & A listed buildings and structures
Grade I listed buildings and structures are of exceptional importance and even internationally important. There are over 6000 in the country. Only 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I listed.
In Scotland the classification is A
Index: LinkExternal link
St Michael at Plea Church (Norwich Christian Resource Centre)
A Grade I listed redundant Church. LinkExternal link
Since it was built in C14th/15th there have been major changes to both the building: the tower was originally a storey higher. Since becoming redundant in the 1960s the church has been used as an antiques shop and an antiquarian book dealer's. It is currently let as an SPCK bookshop and café.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 13 July, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 10 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  City, Town centre  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2323 0873 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:37.8234N 1:17.8297E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2323 0872
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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