St Nicholas' Chapel Kings Lynn
St Nicholas' Chapel Kings Lynn
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For over 600 years the wonderful carved roof angels, the dazzling stained glass and the history contained within St Nicholas' Chapel have inspired locals and visitors alike. In the pages of our website we hope to interest you in becoming a Friend and maybe also to take a more active interest and become a volunteer. For those of you who are already Friends or Volunteers there is material to enhance your knowledge of the history and the dad to day running of St Nicholas' Chapel.

.The Churches Conservation Trust ( CCT ) are the managers and details regarding bookings and events can be found on the CCT website along with their excellent work in preserving and maintaining our historic churches. 

In 2015 the Chapel was reopened after 18 months of restoration following a campaign by the CCT, Friends and local people which resulted in a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This has provided heating, toilets, kitchenette, partial reroofing, solar panels, a sound system and interpretation material. 

In tandem with this project the Friends were able to raise another fund with the help of the HLF which resulted in the restoration of the Chapel bells which now has a fine ring of 8. 


Interesting Things 


Sometimes dry records can throw a revealing light on past life in Lynn.   In 1411 the Town Council noted in its Minutes that thanks were to be sent ‘to the Churchwardens and Churchwardenesses’ of St Nicholas’ Chapel for selling to the borough a pile of stones which had been standing in the chapel yard.   This is a surprising memo for two reasons:  one cannot think of any other 15th century ‘churchwardenesses’ getting a favourable mention but in Lynn medieval women held responsible roles in the religious life of the town.    Secondly, the memo stated that the stone which was wanted to rebuild the South Gates had previously been part of the old St Nicholas’.   There has been a lot of  argument about the date of the completion of the rebuilding, but this sale of surplus stone by the chapel authorities shows by 1411 the main structure was already complete. 

( Thanks to Dr Kate Parker )