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Key Image St Peter Mancroft
Hay Hill
NR2 1QQ Norwich
United Kingdom
Denomination: Anglican
Congregation: St. Peter Mancroft with St. John Maddermarket (Diocese of Norwich, Archdeaconry of Norwich, Deanery of Norwich (East))
Geogr. Coordinates: 52.62782° N, 1.29256° E
Geo Location
Reference year: 1455
Architectural style: Gothic (Perpendicular)
Building type: Basilica
Description: Three-aisled Gothic basilica in the Perpendicular style with short and low transepts and a rectangular chancel; square tower over the west entrance, modern octagonal extension south of the chancel.
Name derivation: From St Peter and its situation on a large field (“magna crofta”)
Bells
  • 14 bells (cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry between 1775 and 1997)
Font
  • Font with gothic canopy (15th c.)
Organ
  • Built in 1984 by Peter Collins; 41 stops, three manuals and pedal
Windows
  • East window by members of the Norwich school of glasspainters (15th and 16th c.), demolished by a gunpowder explosion during the Civil War, reassembled four years later incorporating parts from other windows
Noteworthy
  • Vaulted wooden roof
  • Flemish tapestry showing various scenes from the New Testament (1537)
  • Reredos by John P. Seddon (1885; extended and gilded by Ninian Comper 1930)
History:
1430:   Construction starts in a field south of the market place
1455:   Consecration
1895:   Victorian flèche added to the tower (architect Arthur Edmund Street)
1983:   Construction of “The Octagon”, an extension building to the south of the chancel
Important persons:
Artist:  Comper, Ninian (1864–1960, Scottish architect of the Gothic Revival)
Patron:  Peter (1–64 (?), apostle and martyr)
Dimensions:
Length [m]:  55
Sources
Jenkins, Simon: England's Thousand Best Churches, Penguin Press, London 1999, p. 466
Mortlock, D. P., C. V. Roberts: The Guide to Norfolk Churches, The Lutterworth Press, Cambridge 2007, pp. 214–216
Surman, Richard: Betjeman’s Best British Churches, Collins, London 2011, p. 473
The Church of St Peter Mancroft: St Peter Mancroft Norwich – Visiting the Church, https://stpetermancroft.org.uk/page/581/visiting-church, retrieved 24/01/2021
Wikipedia: St Peter Mancroft, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Peter_Mancroft, retrieved 24/01/2021
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