History – Blakeney Church
Blakeney Church is situated just inland from the beautiful Norfolk Coastline, embedded in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and boasts a number of stunning architectural features.
The church was completed between the 13th and 15th century and is uniquely the only church in the local area to possess a tower at each end of its building. Blakeney Church’s renown has been nationally recognised, featuring in The Telegraph’s 100 Favourite Churches as a visit to the church’s serene plot is not quickly forgotten.
The Church is a wonderful place to worship, as its light interior creates a peaceful atmosphere for solitary prayer, services or commemorating a special occasion. Upon entering through the impressive doorway, you will be welcomed into the Church’s chancel, which is illuminated by the chancel’s east window, unusually structured with seven stepped lancets. The Church has many glorious stain glass windows, from15th century fragments in a North window, to a fantastic contemporary window created by local artist Jane Gray in 2002.
Blakeney Church harbours a rich history, and is an important place of worship for local people which is illustrated by various wall plaques commemorating the bravery of the Blakeney Lifeboats. The majestic building is one of the few Norfolk Church’s to boast six bays to its grand nave, creating wonderful acoustics for church music and plenty of space. Should you wish to find out more, one of our volunteers can provide you with as much information you need.
Our Church is the largest of Glaven Valley Benefice’s five close-knit parishes and is supported by our Rector, a dedicated team of parishioners, donors and The Friends of St Nicholas. The Friends of St Nicholas operate as an separate registered charity who work towards raising funds to maintain the church and churchyard.
The Friends have contributed towards many projects that have greatly improved the church’s facilities, such as our new PA system and the peaceful Garden of Rest specifically for the interment of ashes.
The Church has a seated capacity of around 300 people, which is plenty of room for anyone wishing to find a place of worship whilst in the area.
In addition to our stunning 1000 pipe organ, the church has a fully equipped sound-system, toilet facilities, a kitchen, heating (overhead and boiler operated) and a church office.