St Nicholas' Chapel, King's Lynn, Norfolk
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Nine centuries of treasures in the largest Chapel in England
From the tip of its nineteenth-century spire to its Norman foundations, everything about this town centre chapel is dazzling. Light floods from its magnificent windows into the interior. The vividly coloured picture panels to the east depict 32 scenes from the life of Jesus. Monuments from the seventeenth and eighteenth-centuries, some with startlingly lifelike painted figures, celebrate King's Lynn's seamen, merchants, mayors and shopkeepers and illustrate the town's long history as a busy commercial centre and port.
Among these monuments is a marble urn designed by the famous Scottish architect Robert Adam. The carved woodwork was of such quality that some of it is now in the V&A Museum, but in the Medieval stalls you can still see a collection of creatures that make the green man look tame. Up in the fifteenth-century wooden roof, carved angels with outstretched wings sing and play musical instruments.
One holds a recorder - the earliest ever portrayal of the instrument in church carving. At your feet is a fantastic collection of ledger stones including one dedicated to Robinson Cruso. The consistory court in the north-west corner of the chapel is a very rare survival. This dates from 1617 and was where the Archdeacon would judge cases relating to church law.
Please note that due to the historic nature of our buildings the floors and surfaces may be worn and uneven. Please take care while enjoying the building.
Disabled access information
There is ramp access to the south porch entrance and accessible toilet facilities.
Facilities & Hire
The Chapel is staffed by our Visitor Welcome Volunteers during opening hours.
The building is heated, with wifi, toilet facilities and a kitchenette.
The Chapel is available to hire for concerts, performances, exhibitions, markets and social or corporate events, all with a range of catering and refreshment options should you require. The building offers a magnificent setting for any occasion and acoustic properties are excellent.
The Father Henry Willis organ was refurbished in 2018, the tower has a rehung ring of eight bells and there is a Bechstein piano.
The chapel is to the north of the centre of King’s Lynn on St. Ann’s Street, follow the green signposts located throughout the town.
King's Lynn Train Station (10 minute walk)
King's Lynn Bus Station (10 minute walk)
History & Further Information
Things to see and do
As well as regular live events there's lots of activities and discoveries to be made at St Nicholas'. Here are some of the highlights:
- Use the mobile magnifying mirror to examine the extraordinary angel roof
- See and hear stories of the past lives of Lynn's notable residents, including the town's seafarers
- Explore the Consistory Court and deleve into the dress up box to pass judgements on your friends and family
- Follow trails to find our Bizarre Beasts and Legendary Ledgers
This short guidebook contains information on the features and history of the Chapel.Kings’s Lynn guide book.pdf
Conservation and Regeneration
Visit our regeneration project pages for details of the £2.7 million conservation project at St Nicholas' Chapel completed in 2015.
If you are interested in volunteering opportunities at St Nicholas' Chapel please email Kirsty Gauntley, Venue Manager.
Friends of St Nicholas' Chapel
The Friends' of St Nicholas Chapel seek to help preserve and promote the Chapel. If you would like information on how to join the friends please visit www.stnicholaskingslynn.org.uk
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