St Nicholas' Chapel

St Nicholas' Chapel, King's Lynn

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St Nicholas' Chapel

St Nicholas' Chapel
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From the tip of its 19th-century spire to its Norman foundations, everything about this town centre chapel is dazzling. Light floods from its magnificent windows into the interior. Monuments from the 17th- and 18th-centuries, some with startlingly life-like painted figures, celebrate King's Lynn's seamen, merchants, mayors and shopkeepers and illustrate the town's long history as a busy commercial centre and port. The chapel's carved woodwork is of such quality that some of it is now in the V&A Museum, but in the medieval stalls you can still see an astonishing collection of carved creatures. In the 15th-century wooden roof, carved angels with outstretched wings sing and play musical instruments. One holds a recorder -- the earliest ever portrayal of the instrument in church carving. Come and explore nine centuries of treasures in this extraordinary and beautiful chapel - the largest chapel of ease in England.
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,082 contributions
A magnificent church - and it’s open!
Oct 2021
First of all - ignore the “temporarily closed” message on TA. This church was certainly open to visitors at the time of this review.

Situated in a pleasant location in an old part of town, St Nicholas Chapel took me by surprise, simply because the sheer size of the place doesn’t quite fit with my image of what constitutes a chapel. This is a church on a grand scale and is a fascinating place to visit.

Because of the array of huge windows, most of which aren’t coloured, the place is very light, and with lots of brightly painted wooden memorials it almost felt like some grand country house rather than a church.

Yet, while most of the windows are filled with plain glass, the multi-coloured east window is stunning, and is sited over a rather nicely carved reredos, albeit that one of the panels is missing.

And as if in line with the huge size of this chapel, the font cover is like a wooden memorial, and extends down the sides of the font to the floor.

A major feature here is the celebrated carved angels above the windows over the north and south aisles but, to be honest, they are rather difficult to see properly and it would be nice if some of them could be lit up in some way.

There’s lots more to discover in this historic place, and they sell a very good booklet outlining the chapel’s history. To be honest - I actually found this church to be more attractive and interesting than the Minster.
Written October 11, 2021
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COLIN Y
King's Lynn, UK593 contributions
Lovely old Church in beautiful settings
Sep 2019
This a truly lovely old building and it is set in a glorious setting and is well looked after by everyone in the area
Written October 24, 2019
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kew1945@aol.com
110 contributions
Afternoon visit
Jun 2019
We started a two hour guided tour of Lynn from the grounds of the Chapel and being taken inside before we set off we had the history of the building and its people in this part of the town explained to us. Beautiful carved angels and stained glass windows are a highlight of the interior of this spacious building. Daniel Defoe wisited in the 1720s and here are floor slabs to a Cruso family; one being Robinson Cruso and we wondered if he visited on a Friday?
Written October 12, 2019
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Kate L
Worcester, UK182 contributions
Don’t miss the angels!
Oct 2019 • Solo
The Chapel is old and has some interesting features such as the ceiling angels. There are some interesting things to look out for around the church and the lady who greeted me was very enthusiastic. However there was nothing to make it stand out in architectural terms, etc. But worth a visit.
Written October 4, 2019
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sc0ttishdancer1
King's Lynn, UK27 contributions
Wow! It is splendid and it is free, just give a donation..
Nov 2018 • Family
It is a vast space with wonderful Angel beams. Look carefully at them.There are many fascinating memorial tablets, one says 'Universally Lamented', that is what I want on mine! There are interesting carvings to find and a grave marked 'Robinson Crusoe'!
Helpful cards available to help you find your way round. Child friendly.
Written July 11, 2019
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Amethystmum
Swindon, UK23 contributions
Beautiful chapel with family connections
Jun 2019 • Couples
Visited St Nicholas's chapel whilst on a family history trip. Beautiful building - apparently the largest chapel in the country, built to serve the poorer community in the north of Kings Lynn (i.e. my ancestors!). We were met by a lovely lady volunteer who gave us loads of detail about the chapel. Well worth a visit.
Written June 16, 2019
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Catsitter
Vernon, Canada139 contributions
Beautiful church angels!
May 2019 • Solo
St. Nicholas is England’s largest surviving Parochial Chapel and its 15th Century wooden roof features a magnificent series of carved angels. One half are playing musical instruments (including one holding a recorder — the earliest ever portrayal of the instrument in church carving), while the other half are religious figures.
Written June 1, 2019
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SparkLeicestershire
Loughborough, UK329 contributions
St Nicks
Apr 2019 • Family
To us this church is more impressive than the minster. You must see all the carving in the roof. The old court in the corner and the font.
Written April 24, 2019
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tatki46539
Chelmsford, UK139 contributions
Angels to die for.
Apr 2019 • Couples
No longer and active church but a remarkable building with much history. No entrance fee and helpful volunteers if you have any questions.
Written April 20, 2019
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Ann P
10 contributions
Beautiful chapel with interesting activities throughout the year.
Aug 2018
Art exhibition during the King’s Lynn Festival was great. Various Concerts also a great draw. The church itself is very interesting with its wooden angels up in the roof. Well worth a visit if you are in King’s Lynn.
Written February 14, 2019
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