Kings Lynn Minster (St Margaret)

 

Kings Lynn Minster was founded at the Priory Church of St Margaret of Antioch in 1101 by the first Bishop of Norwich. The south-west tower shows the evolution in architectural styles from twelfth century Romanesque, to thirteenth century Early English, to fourteenth century decorated. The northwest tower, west window, and entrance are fifteenth century. There is a unique perpendicular rose window in the east gable. Following damage in the Great Storm of 1741, parts of the nave were rebuilt. A major restoration was carried out by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 1860s.

The project will improve access through the north porch including a wheelchair lift. It will also install accessible toilets, and improve access to the bell chamber. Office and meeting space will offer facilities for volunteers and staff, and be a place for community groups to meet. A display area will also tell the stories of historic figures associated with the church such as Margery Kempe, William Sawtrey and Fanny Burney, as a resource for local schools. The project ensures that this historic Grade I listed building, at the centre of tourism in Kings Lynn, will be able to meet the needs of the community for years to come.

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