St Andrew's Church, Gunton, Norfolk

A rare temple-style church by Robert Adam

St Andrew’s is an 18th-century church in the form of a Classical temple, tucked away in the landscaped parkland of Gunton Hall.

The effect of suddenly coming upon a Palladian portico through the trees is dramatic. It was designed by the leading Scottish architect of the 18th century, Robert Adam, whose designs were influential across the world. It is Adam’s only complete church in England.

The interior of this neo-Classical gem has a clean, calm simplicity, but with the richness of decorative moulding on the ceiling and elegant dark wood furnishings.

Although the grounds of Gunton Hall are private, there is access to the church which is signposted beyond the Hall.

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Road directions

5 miles south of Cromer and 5 miles north of Aylsham; take turning to Suffield off A140; drive through arch into Gunton Park, past the 'Strictly Private' signs (There is a right of access for the public to visit the church); drive past Gunton Hall and follow signs to the church

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Gunton Road (4 miles) on Norwich to Cromer branch line.

OS Reference No.

TG 229 342

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Comments

  1. Anonymous (12 Jul 2011, 17:53)

    I agree with the majority of the comments on the visitor book - it is well worth the visit, but all the 'strictly private' signs almost put us off completely. It would be worth putting a note about this in your leaflet.

  2. Richard Hewitt (06 Nov 2011, 13:27)

    Visited Saturday 6 November 2011.

    A lovely church. Quite well preserved. Well worth a visit.

    Not particularly easy to find or get to.

    There are no signs saying how to get to it. And as it is in the grounds of Gunton Hall which has been converted to private residences all approaches have large signs saying Private - Keep Out. Whichever way you go to it several Keep Out signs have to be ignored.

    We parked at the Gunton Arms. A newly re-opened pub previously called the Elderton Hall Hotel. A couple of miles South of Thorpe Market on the A149 Cromer road from North Walsham. (We had lunch there later which was very good. Also much fine art on the walls - including a Damien Hirst on the wall in the ladies' toilets!)

    Parking in the public car park by the pub we followed the OS map up the (mile long) drive towards Gunton Hall. A lovely walk through a large deer park with hundreds of deer out and about. Not difficult and straight froward if you don't mind ignoring Keep Out- Private signs.

    As you approach the Hall the church is signed.

    We continued in a loop down the drive towards Suffield. Over the lakes, down past the saw mill, fishing and ultimately right through woods back to the pub.

    About 31/2 or 4 miles in total.

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St Andrew's Church, Gunton, Norfolk

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

There are three steps up on to the portico at the front of the church. A ramp is available given prior notice.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.