Knapton: SS. Peter & Paul, Knapton

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This is an amazing and beautiful building, and the roof is just stunning! The church also boasts a brilliant little "Positive" organ. Knapton is part of the Trunch group of parishes. The group comprises Mundesley, Gimingham, Knapton, Paston, Trunch with Bradfield & Swafield. Try to visit us all! The beauty and history of these churches is amazing. Remember too that there has been worship and prayer and praise in these building for hundreds of years. You are welcome! Come to a service, or just to admire the dedication and skill of the workmanship.   The church of SS. Peter & Paul is mainly 14th century although there is evidence of an earlier church which no doubt housed the impressive 13th century font.
The plain exterior gives no clue to the treasure of mediaeval carving which lies within. Knapton has one of the finest and most handsome of double hammer beam roofs in the country constructed in 1503. We do not know why this magnificent roof should have been added to such a plain church. The fine workmanship and superb carving is probably the work of London carpenters and may have been transported along the coast to nearby Mundesley. This would give some credence to local tradition which claims that the roof was built from a shipwreck at Mundesley.
The cemetery at Knapton contains the gravestone of Commander Jefferson Miles, RN, inscribed with the legend "the vindicator of Nelson." Commander Miles strenuously refuted claims made in Parliament in 1799 that Nelson had mistreated Republican prisoners while at Naples.

There are fascinating mediaeval gravescovers in the chancel (don't fall over them!) that pre-date the current church, the church has a fine peal of bells and, as you sit and admire, drink in the ambience, and the knowledge at what has gone on in this building over the centuries. You are just the latest in a line stretching back centuries: just imagine all the prayers and supplication, the hopes, and fears, the joys and sadness that have been expressed here, along the celebrations, humility and rapture.

And be silent.

Also, for our younger visitors, you will find a pad at the back of the church for them to partake in a Children's Quiz to test their observational and keen minds. Good luck!

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Rev. Andrew Jones
The Rectory
Knapton Road
North Walsham
NR28 0QE
01263 722218 (Rector, Trunch Group)

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Morning Prayer
Please come along to our Morning Prayer Service which is held on the first Sunday of the month. With effect from 3rd April 2016 these will now start at the new earlier time of 9.15AM. Whether you are local or a visitor to the area we would be glad to welcome you. Please see under the Other Events tab for specific dates & any variations in place, time or occasion.
Every first Sunday at 9:15 AM for 50 minutes
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Holy Communion
We would love you to join us for our service of Holy Communion whether you are local, new to the area or just visiting. A Holy Communion service is held on the second Sunday of the month at Knapton, with a United Holy Communion service held on the third where we alternate locations with our friends from Gimingham. Were there is a fifth Sunday in a month we join forces with the rest of the Trunch Group and have a Group Communion service which is held at one of the seven parishes - Gimingham, Knapton, Paston, Mundesley, Trunch, Bradfield or Swafield. With effect from 10th April 2016 these will now commence at the new earlier time of 9.15AM. All are very welcome but please do check under the Other Events tab for specific dates & any variations in place, time or occasion.
Every second third and fifth Sunday at 9:15 AM for 50 minutes
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Lay Service of Morning Prayer
On the fourth Sunday of the month Knapton now holds a special lay service of Morning Prayer where we all contribute.The churchwarden leads the service with input from various members of the regular congregation. Come along and join in the worship! See under the Other Events tab for specific dates & any variations in place, time or occasion.
Every fourth Sunday at 9:15 AM for ¾ hour
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GROUP SERVICE at Trunch - 10:00AM
Although there is no service at Knapton this Sunday please do travel to Trunch and join us in our service of Holy Communion at St Botolph's church. The service will be led by Rev. Andrew Jones with a sermon from Peter Clough. All congregations from Mundesley, Trunch, Bradfield, Swafield, Gimingham, Knapton and Paston join together but anyone new or just visiting will be most welcome. PLEASE NOTE the START TIME is 10AM with refreshments afterwards.
Sunday 29th October 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
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Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
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Incumbent: The Revd Andrew Edward JONES
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 5414
Archdeaconry: LYNN (263)
Deanery: REPPS (26308)
Benefice: The Trunch Group (26/436CP)
Parish Legal Name: Knapton (260156 )
CofE Church Info: (626156 26/156)
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This page was last updated on Thursday 21st September 2017
Knapton: SS. Peter & Paul : Pond Lane, Knapton, Norfolk, NR28 0SB - Like most churches in Norfolk, you can see it for miles!


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