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Wighton Village, Norfolk

 

All Saints Church

Being Rebuilt


Harvest Festival

 

A HISTORY OF RESTORATION

The Last 200 Years:

1826: Nave roof replaced
1850s: Stained glass windows restored
1886: Chancel restored
1897: Nave restored
1936: Stained glass windows repaired
1960s: Chancel roof leaded
1970s: Church tower rebuilt
2000s: North aisle leaded and stained glass windows repaired


Restoration Project PCC Subcommittee:

Brendan Hopkins 01328 820300
Dennis Seaman 01328 820594
Jenny Savoury 01328 820539
Sophie Trend 01328 820183
Rector Andrew Good 01328 710107

 

Did you know?
• Wighton was a rich and important village;
the manor lands belonged to the Crown from before the Norman Conquest until well into the sixteenth-century. Wighton’s Church was the village showpiece built by the most talented stone masons and glassmakers.
• These highly-skilled masons who built Wighton All Saints, also built St Nicholas Chapel in King’s Lynn. This was one of the most important building projects in Europe at the time.
• James Woderove, the head mason who oversaw the rebuilding of part of Wighton’s Church was also head mason at Norwich Cathedral and recruited by Henry VI to work on the chapel at Eton in the 1440s.
• Wighton was home village to one of the most successful stained glass craftsman in the C15th. He was called John Wighton (named after his birthplace). You can see examples of his work throughout the region but most importantly in Wighton Church.

DOMINATING THE VILLAGE OF WIGHTON IS THE SQUARE, FLINT-BUILT TOWER OF FIFTEENTH-CENTURY ALL SAINTS CHURCH.

Regular Sunday services are held in this living and much-loved building and its elevated position
makes it an important local landmark, easily seen from surrounding villages and approach roads.

600TH ANNIVERSARY CHURCH RESTORATION PROJECT AT ALL SAINTS CHURCH WIGHTON

Although some parts are even older, the nave of our village church (the main part) was built in
1417). We'll be celebrating its 600th anniversary in 2017, four years from now. However, this part of the church is in a pitiful state. The roof is leaking and the guttering is falling off. Water is getting into the building and causing huge damage to the walls and floor. Wighton's Parochial Parish Council (PCC), the committee of villagers who look after the church, is planning a four-year restoration programme to make the nave watertight and to help preserve our church for future generations. During the run-up to the 600th anniversary in 2017, there will be a programme of events, information boards and family trails so everyone - villagers and visitors of all ages and faiths - can use, enjoy and understand the importance of our historic church.

Updated: 23-Feb-2015


Tower Collapse 1965



Tower reduced, made safe and capped.


Topping Off Ceremony 1976


All Saints Font

Notices & Events:

Services:

Holy Communion:
2nd & 4th Sundays. 9am
All welcome.

'Drop in'

Why not come to our 'drop in' between 10.30 &11.30 ish 1st Thursday each month. Tea/Coffee, biscuits & cake with Rev Andrew Goode and Jenny Savoury.

Come and have a chat, get to know people and connect to village life. All welcome. More info contact Jenny Savoury.

Good news (February 2015) The PCC's 600th Anniversary Church Restoration Project has been awarded a grant of £190,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This money will be used for the essential repair work needed on the south aisle roof and porch, plus the development of family trails, a new guidebook and interpretation boards.

The new church website (www.wightonchurch.co.uk) gives details of events planned as part of the HLF-backed project. One of the highlights is a concert by the widely-acclaimed Coro Stellante Ladies Choir on Sunday 14th June at 7pm. The programme will include pieces from each of the six centuries that the nave has been in existence. Please come to enjoy what promises to be a wonderful evening of music in a beautiful setting. Doors open from 6pm, £10 entry, drinks and nibbles available.

For more details, contact Sophie Trend (01328 820183).