St Nicholas, Blakeney
St Nicholas is the Anglican parish church of Blakeney, Norfolk, in the deanery of Holt and the Diocese of Norwich. The church was founded in the 13th century, but the greater part of the church dates from the 15th century. St Nicholas is a nationally important building, with a Grade I listing for its exceptional architectural interest.
About St Nicholas, Blakeney in brief
St Nicholas is the Anglican parish church of Blakeney, Norfolk, in the deanery of Holt and the Diocese of Norwich. The church was founded in the 13th century, but the greater part of the church dates from the 15th century. St Nicholas is a nationally important building, with a Grade I listing for its exceptional architectural interest. An unusual architectural feature is a second tower, used as a beacon, at the east end above, the small port. Other significant features are the vaulted chancel with a stepped seven-light lancet window, and the hammerbeam roof of the nave. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the town is recorded under the name \”Esnuterle\” ; the present-day name first appears in 1340. The nearby Carmelite friary had its own church by 1321, built on land donated by tenants of William de Roos and his Lady Maud. The friars were also given 100 marks to build their church, in return for which they undertook to pray for the good estate of the said Sir William Roos. The patronage of St Nicholas has been in the gift of Keble College, Oxford, since 1989, and has been a benefice of the Bishop of Norwich and the Keble University Trust. It is now a Grade II listed building, and is open to the public, with free parking in the churchyard and on the nearby Arundel Grade II-listed site of St Peter and St Paul’s Church, which is also open to visitors.
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