St Laurence's Church, Norwich, Norfolk

Address: St. Benedict's Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4PE
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Usually open Saturdays 10.00am - 4.00pm. To arrange access at other times please contact 01223 324 442 in advance of your visit
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A prominent Norwich landmark

A vast, handsome Medieval city church and prominent Norwich landmark, St Laurence’s has a mighty tower, a clerestory of 11 windows on each side, a long continuous roof covering nave and chancel and two-storied porches to north and south, all set on a steeply sloping site.

It was built between 1460 and 1472, but the tower and chancel may have been finished some 30 years later. Inside there are exquisite Edwardian paintings of saints and angels on panels near the altar. St Laurence is one of three Trust churches in Norwich.

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Road directions

Off B1108 Earlham Road, Norwich city centre

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Norwich (1.5 miles: buses from city centre

OS Reference No.

TG 22618 08800

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Useful information

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You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

PDF iconNorfolk County Guide (PDF, 4.9mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Norfolk. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Jonas NIckelby (11 Nov 2011, 00:29)

    Such a shame to see this church standing empty again when it was beginning to be he heart of St Benedict's Street beating with the throb of a thriving community.

  2. Paul Britton (05 Sep 2013, 20:58)

    I visited St Laurence's 2 weeks ago. With some difficulty I found the key at the art shop across the road. Why is there no notice at the church giving this information? The proprietor of the art shop told me that she was perfectly happy to hold the key and for a notice to give that information. Could this not be arranged?

  3. Carolyn Bryan (14 Sep 2013, 19:10)

    My parents were married at St Laurence's in 1956. Could they have been one of the last marriages there?

  4. John Ozyer-Key (17 Feb 2014, 20:26)

    Well, this church was wonderful, I saw the Witchfinder General here in 2010

  5. John Ozyer-Key (11 Apr 2014, 19:05)

    This church is wonderful, we've been lent the key 3 times so far, the interior is magnificent, there is an undercroft in the south porch, and you can unlock it with the keys, which are available from Norwich Art Supplies.

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St Laurence's Church, Norwich, 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 is a big flight of steps down into the church.

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.