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St. Nicholas Church (Kings Lynn)

St. Nicholas is a mediaeval church in the old Norfolk seaport of Kings Lynn.

It can be found in St. Anns Street, close to the busy Tuesday Market Place.

St. Nicholas was originally a chapel of ease, subsidiary to the great St. Margarets Church. It was built when the centre of Lynn moved to here from the St. Margarets area.

The original foundation was in the Norman period, but the church was rebuilt entirely in the early 15th century.

There is an excellent two storey South porch, worthy of comparison with the outstanding ones in Gloucestershire. The nave is of the Perpendicular period, and it has a fine angel roof. George Gilbert Scott added the spire in 1871.

The church formerly had famous bench ends, depicting sailing ships in full rig. These can now be seen in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Sadly, St. Nicholas is now a redundant church, but it is looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust.

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