St Nicholas' Chapel
St Nicholas' Chapel
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Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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Anthony A
Chelmsford, UK150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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kew1945@aol.com
107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Amethystmum
Swindon, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Canada131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK357 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Mazey Hill
London, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
This church is no longer in use and is now managed by the Churches Conservation Trust. It is extraordinary both in its history and also in its architecture. The roof and carved flying angels are breath taking and part of East Anglia's heritage. The volunteers are full of passion for the church and I can see why. A good place for some quiet reflection. too, on the changing nature of church life and its community. Do go!
Written October 19, 2017
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TowieTips4Trips
Harlow, UK98 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
Closed to visitors on a Sunday unless you go to collect the key from a local hotel. Being unfamiliar with the area, gave up at the first hurdle. Shame. It looked nice from outside.
Written May 19, 2013
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DigitalDiablo
Walsall, United Kingdom28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
We popped into the Chapel as we parked in the carpark outside; there's not a lot to see to be honest so doesn't take too long to walk around. Worth a visit if you're in the area, but it doesn't take long!
Written May 11, 2013
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john g
Hastings, UK124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
Visited it in April, having got the key from the nearby tiny True's Yard museum. It is no longer used as a church and is looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust.
Magnificent 15th century nave, its roof decorated with carved angels. Interesting monuments to wealthy citizens: fathers and mothers are shown kneeling in prayer, wearing splendid clothes; miniature effigies of their grieving children aligned underneath. Bench ends decorated with angels, animals and monsters. Peaceful churchyard.
Written May 6, 2013
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TravellingMitch
Norfolk, UK41,150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012
This place is awesome. I worked in an office overlooking the church for many years. Daniel Defoe found the name Robinson Crusoe here, when exploring the church. Worth seeing!!
Written November 30, 2012
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