St Nicholas' Chapel, King's Lynn

 

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. The Friends, formed in 2002, promote the Chapel and work with the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) to conserve and maintain this historic building and to provide an informed welcome to our many visitors.

 

This website hopes to tell our visitors about the Chapel and perhaps encourage them to subscribe to our Friends group or to become active volunteers.  It is also for our volunteers to obtain the details of Chapel projects and routines.    This site also provides access to in-depth information and publishes papers resulting from various research which has been carried out concerning the building.

 

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

 

In tandem with this main project the Friends were able to raise another fund with the help of the HLF in order to restore and re-fit the Chapel bells, which are now a fine ring of 8.

 

Booking and Events

The Churches Conservation Trust 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 some 350 English historic churches.

 

Opening hours Tuesday - Saturday (inclusive), 10:30am - 4pm. We are sometimes closed for private functions - please check on the day of your visit.

 

All enquiries, please contact kingslynn@thecct.org.uk or phone 01553 774471

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)

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