St Andrew

A surprisingly successful merging of 13th century and Victorian architecture, decorated with fine examples of 19th century stained glass.

Thursford, Norfolk

Opening times

Open to visitors every day of the year during daylight hours.


Church Lane
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St Andrew’s set in meadow land on the edge of Thursford and dates back to the 13th century. It was extensively restored in the 19th century, producing a sympathetic merger of medieval and Victorian Gothic architecture, which distinctively sit side by side in the building today.

The result is a building which provides an impressive setting for four notable works of stained glass. The east window above the alter, dominates the interior of the church. It was designed by Albert Moore and is widely acknowledged as an outstanding piece of work. Nikolaus Pevsner describes it as ‘one of the most beautiful of its time in England, or indeed Europe’. The work represents Moores’s only surviving intact complete window. Moore’s work is joined by two windows designed by Harry Wooldridge. Both windows are vibrant in colour and in their expressive portrayal of four saints features dressed in flowing robes.

The stained glass window currently in the vestry, depicts a royal coat of arms. It is dedicated to Elizabeth I and dated 1579.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • National heritage here

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Car park at church

  • Services are held on the second Sunday of each month at 11am.

  • Regular concerts are held at the church featuring classical, folk and popular music.

  • Church of England

  • Cornerstone Grant, £10,000, 2019

  • Our Cornerstone Grants fund urgent repairs and essential community facilities such as toilets and kitchens to help keep churches open.

  • Project Development Grant, £2,500, 2017

  • Our Project Development Grants funded churches developing building projects to help keep churches open.

  • Repair Grant, £10,000, 2013

  • Our Repair Grants funded urgent repair work to help keep churches open.

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