‘Cathedral of the Fens’ awarded £20,000 grant

Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012


The Church of St Peter in Walpole St Peter, Norfolk, has been awarded a major grant for repairs from the National Churches Trust.

The National Churches Trust – the only independent charity dedicated to supporting church buildings across the UK – has awarded a grant of £20,000 towards vital repairs to the roof of St Peter’s.

 A grade 1 listed building, St Peter’s is widely regarded as one of the finest parish churches in England. Due to its size and renown, it is popularly known as the ‘Cathedral of the Fens’ and the ‘Queen of the Marshlands’. The church’s fundraising appeal has received the personal backing of The Prince of Wales, who has regularly visited the building and contributed to its repair. His support continues a royal tradition, with the church having previously received personal support from King Edward VII, Queen Mary, King George VI and the Queen Mother.

Michael Anstey, Churchwarden and Project Manager said:

 “The grant will help to ensure that the beautiful church of St Peter and St Paul at Walpole St Peter will remain open for generations to come and the assistance of the National Churches Trust is much appreciated.”

 Commenting, the Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust, Claire Walker said:

 “I am delighted that the National Churches Trust has been able to support these vital repairs to one of England’s most important parish churches. Walpole St Peter is a shining example of the best of our nation’s heritage and we have been able to recognise that through the award of one our larger grants. However, there are many other deserving churches that the Trust has unfortunately had to turn away due to the limited funds available - so I would encourage anyone who cares about the future of these historic buildings to get in touch with the Trust to find out how our work can be supported.”

The Church of St Peter is a parish church in Walpole St Peter, Norfolk, between King’s Lynn and Wisbech. With parts of the building dating from the 14th century, it was grade 1 listed in 1951. For more information on the Church of St Peter, Walpole St Peter see the church website at www.stpeterschurchwalpole.org.uk.