Churches of Norfolk

A fascinating exploration of Norfolk’s historic churches, this book covers a cross section of the diverse range of churches throughout the county.

Churches of Norfolk


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Norfolk has long been recognised as one of the best counties in which to study parish churches. It has one of the highest densities of medieval churches in northern Europe reflecting its greater population and wealth in earlier times. It is also home to the largest number of round-towered churches in England and to more surviving medieval glass than most counties put together. Its towers and spires punctuate the open landscape and there are some churches from which you can see six or seven others. The building materials range from the local flint and carstone to imported limestones and brick. This diversity of material has led to a huge range of different styles of church – from tiny farmyard churches to those which feel as if they should be a cathedral even though they have probably never served more than a hundred people. Churches of Norfolk covers a cross section of churches throughout the county, both well-known and those waiting to be discovered by a wider audience.

This fascinating picture of an important part of the history of Norfolk over the centuries will be of interest to all those who live in or are visiting this attractive county in England

About the Author

John E. Vigar is a retired university lecturer, public speaker and church historian. He has been a professional ecclesiastical historian for over 40 years. He is a Trustee of the oldest church conservation body in the country, a member of the Academic Board of the Centre for Parish Church Studies based in Norwich and he is also on the Advisory Council of the Norfolk Churches Trust. He leads tours to churches around England and has written guidebooks for hundreds of churches. He also runs the and websites.


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