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Norwich’s lost churches…

12 July 2016

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It’s no secret that Norwich is bursting with churches of every shape and size – but some are easier to stumble across than others. 

Of the 58 parish churches that have stood within the medieval city walls of Norwich, 27 of these buildings are now ‘lost churches’, no longer standing having been destroyed in the mid-16th century or during World War II.

As well as those which are still used today as traditional places of worship, a little exploring will soon unearth many that are today used for new purposes, including a Dance Academy, bookshop/café, cinema and a gallery… one church is now used by the Stonemason’s Guild of St Stephen and St George!



Suckling Monument at St Andrew Paul Hurst all rights reserved

If you’d like to find out more about this, the Medieval Churches of the Cathedral Quarter trail is a great way to do so whilst, at the same time, exploring the beautiful and historic city of Norwich. Highlights that you should definitely look out for include the wonderful stained glass windows in St Peter Hungate, the chancel ceiling in St Helen’s church (it comprises of 252 timber panels painted with the imperial black eagle!) and seven lost churches that you probably never knew existed here – visit the place they once stood and see what stands there today, reflect on how time and turmoil have changed things.


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You can complete the trail using the printed map - pick one up from the Tourist Information Centre in The Forum or various other locations around the city including; the railway station, Norwich Cathedral, Cinema City, Olive's Café, the Adam and Eve pub, Britons Arms and intu Chapelfield, among others.

You can also complete the trail on the Discover Norwich app – it’s free to download and has a range of city-based trails on it to enjoy and get you walking around Norwich (beer fans should check out their City of Ale trails too!). It uses your location to track the churches you’ve ‘found’ and you can find extra information about the churches and their history as you unlock each location! Alternatively view and print the map here.

Whichever platform you complete the trail on, enjoy soaking up the atmosphere and the trail’s stories as you discover more about Norwich’s medieval churches!

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