Weʼre raising £50,000 to To fund a new roof for the unique church of All Saints. This will prevent further damage to the interior fabric and Florentine paintings
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There has been a church on this site since medieval times. In 1701 the tower fell through the roof of the nave and chancel virtually destroying the church. A local architect called Henry Bell, he designed the famous Customs House in nearby Kings Lynn, was charged with rebuilding the church.
The church, All Saints, has a unique Georgian style and would be more at home in an inner London Borough than in rural Norfolk.
The interior is Italianate in design with a domed ceiling in the nave with supporting columns.
In 1899/1901life size paintings of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Christ, by Lamponi of Florence, were installed in the east end of the chancel.
The church has several famous connections including, Samual Gurney Cresswell who was among the first to circumnavigate North America by discovering the North West passage. Also, the daughter of prison reformer Elizabeth Fry, Rachel, was married in All Saints. The marble font came from St Margaret's Church in King's Lynn at which, it is reputed that George Vacouver and several of his family were baptised.
When people visit All Saints for the first time, they are immediately struck by the homeliness of this relatively small church and its differences to other churches in the county.
The history, too much to mention here and its unique structure, make All Saints one of the most important churches in the locality and without immediate repairs will quickly deteriorate further.
The parish has started fund raising but has a long way to go, so any help that justgiving can provide will hasten the progress towards securing this wonderful building.
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