TF6119 : St Margaret's Church

taken 11 years ago, near to West Lynn, Norfolk, Great Britain

St Margaret's Church
St Margaret's Church
The construction of St Margaret's Church in 1101 is the point at which King's Lynn first came into existence in terms of how it is now recognised today. Commissioned by the Bishop of Norwich, Herbert de Losinga, at the request of the townspeople 'in honour of the Holy Mary Magdalene and St Margaret and all holy virgins' the church is one of the town's most dominating landmarks.

The church has seen substantial redevelopment over the centuries - at its peak it had a library in a wing to the south. The church also had a spire on the south west tower and a central lantern similar to Ely Cathedral - these were destroyed by lightning in the 18th century.

Of the original structure, it is believed that only the bottom portion of the south west tower is original. The church was first rebuilt in the 13th century at the request of the Bishop of Norwich - Bishop de Grey. Of this rebuild only the chancel remains.

The north west tower had to be rebuilt in 1453 as it had been set in poor foundations. Although it is still safe to stand for a few more centuries, if you enter the church you can see just how dramatic the lean is.

During the siege of Lynn in the 15th century pot shots were taken at the church damaging various religious embellishments and, most significantly, the main Western window. The cannonball that destroyed the window now hangs in the entrance to Hampton court, nearby to the church.

The most serious damage to the church occurred in 1741 when a great storm destroyed the spires of St Margaret's church and St Nicholas's Chapel as well as St Margaret's central lanteen. Despite a generous donations totalling 1,000 from George II and Robert Walpole the 3,500 required was not raised and the church was not able to be restored to its former glory.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 2 August, 2007   (more nearby)
Monday, 13 August, 2007
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 617 197 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.0798N 0:23.7350E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 617 198
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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