St Margaret's Church, King's Lynn Minster :: Shared Description

The Minster and Priory Church of St Margaret, St Mary Magdalene and all the Virgin Saints was founded as a Benedictine Priory in 1101, by Herbert de Losinga, the first Bishop of Norwich. For 400 years it was the monks' home as well as the Parish Church for the town and always known as St Margaret's.

The only surviving remains of the Norman church are the internal arches of the west towers and at the base of the southern one outside. The rest of the church seems to have been totally rebuilt in the 13th century but again, only the magnificent chancel arcades survived 15th century enlargements. The northwest tower had to be rebuilt in 1453 as subsidence into the soft ground had caused its predecessor to lean dangerously. The nave and aisles had to be rebuilt completely after a gale in 1741 blew down a spire which formerly crowned the southwest tower. In 1874, the church was restored under the direction Sir George Gilbert Scott (LinkExternal link King’s Lynn Minster History).

St Margaret's Church was made King's Lynn Minster by the Bishop of Norwich in December 2011 in recognition that it provides a ministry far wider than that of a normal Parish Church. It is the civic church for West Norfolk and frequently holds services and events for the western part of the Diocese of Norwich (LinkExternal link King’s Lynn on-line).

St Margaret’s is a grade I listed building (English Heritage Building ID: 384315 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).
by David Dixon
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TF6119 : Kings Lynn Minster by habiloid
TF6119 : Church of St Margaret by N Chadwick
TF6119 : Church of St Margaret by N Chadwick
TF6119 : Hanseatic chest, King's Lynn Minster by J.Hannan-Briggs
TF6119 : De Walsoken brass, King's Lynn Minster by Julian P Guffogg
TF6119 : Interior, King's Lynn Minster by J.Hannan-Briggs
TF6119 : Stained glass window, King's Lynn Minster by Julian P Guffogg
TF6119 : East window, King's Lynn Minster by Julian P Guffogg
TF6119 : Church of St Margaret by N Chadwick
TF6119 : Church of St Margaret by N Chadwick
TF6119 : Memorial to Sir William Hoste, King's Lynn Minster by Julian P Guffogg
TF6119 : Two Towers, King's Lynn Minster (St Margaret's Church) by David Dixon
TF6119 : Organ, King's Lynn Minster by J.Hannan-Briggs
TF6119 : The Church of St Margaret (King's Lynn Minster) by David Dixon
TF6119 : Interior, King's Lynn Minster by J.Hannan-Briggs
TF6119 : The Church of St Margaret, King's Lynn Minster by David Dixon
TF6119 : Church of St Margaret by N Chadwick
TF6119 : Stained glass window, south aisle, King's Lynn Minster by Julian P Guffogg
TF6119 : Misericord, King's Lynn Minster by J.Hannan-Briggs
TF6119 : Church of St Margaret by N Chadwick
TF6119 : Stained glass window, north aisle, King's Lynn Minster by Julian P Guffogg
TF6119 : Bench end, King's Lynn Minster by Julian P Guffogg
TF6119 : Stained glass window, King's Lynn Minster by Julian P Guffogg
TF6119 : Church of St Margaret by N Chadwick
TF6119 : Pulpit, King's Lynn Minster by Julian P Guffogg

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Created: Sun, 23 Aug 2015, Updated: Sun, 23 Aug 2015

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