Church & Seafaring Scarecrows
Site Created & Managed
Wighton Village, Norfolk
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.
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.
Tower Collapse 1965
Tower reduced, made safe and capped.
Topping Off Ceremony 1976
All Saints Font
2nd & 4th Sundays. 9am
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).