Swaffham: St Peter & St Paul, Swaffham

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Welcome to St Peter and St Paul Church, one of over fifty in the Norwich Diocese dedicated to these two saints.

We're in the centre of Swaffham just a few yards from its busy market place and the church’s doors are open every day to welcome visitors.  During the summer stewards will be on duty to show you round  and you can be assured of a warm welcome.  On Saturday mornings you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with delicious home-made cakes. Pop in and experience this haven of peace.

Here are some of the reasons for a visit.

  • One of Norfolk’s finest mediaeval churches largely Perpendicular style
  • Present building dates from 1454 - on site of earlier church (at least 13th century)
  • Magnificent original oak hammerbeam roof with 192 angels carved in chestnut
  • Beautiful Victorian carvings of apostles and of John Chapman, former churchwarden and The Pedlar of Swaffham
  • Important windows by William Morris and William Wailes
  • Tomb of John Botewright, Chaplain to Henry VI and Master of Corpus Christi College, who funded the rebuilding of the church in 1454
  • Memorial to Oliver Cromwell’s maternal grandmother Catherine Steward


  • Grave of Admiral of the Fleet SIR ARTHUR KNYVET WILSON, BART., V.C., G.C.B., O.M., G.C.V.O – in east graveyard

We look forward to meeting you.


Please visit our website www.swaffhamparishchurch.org

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Reverend Timothy Lawes
The Vicarage
White Cross Road
PE37 8QY
(01760) 721373 (Vicar) or 01760 722941 (Parish administration officer)

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Holy Communion
Order One (trad)
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for 40 minutes
Sung Eucharist
every 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday
Every first third and fifth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Service
Every 2nd Sunday unless there is a special service for Mothering Sunday, Harvest Festival and Remembrance Sunday when the Act of Remembrance outside is followed by a Church Service at 11.00am.
Every second Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee
Family Communion
every 4th Sunday
Every fourth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly Coffee
BCP Summer months only
Every first and third Sunday at 3:30 PM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer


Choir practice in Church
Meets at 2.30pm in the winter months and 7.00pm in the summer months
Every Tuesday at 7:00 PM for 1 hour


Mother’s Union
in the Churchrooms
Every second Thursday at 10:00 AM for 2 hours
Sunday School Bell Ringing Live Music / Concerts Regular Choir Grade 1 Listed Building Conservation Area Tower Floodlighting Stained glass Guidebooks / notes Shop Organ Hall for hire Church Open Nurture Courses Wheelchair Access / Ramp Wheelchair accessible toilets Hearing / Induction Loop Large Print Hymnbooks / Orders of Service Assistance Dogs Toilets Visitor Parking Available Foodbank

Yes - contact Hedley Richardson 07765 670272

Visit our Church

9am - 4pm in summer months9am - 3pm in winter monthsSaturday morning tea, coffee and cake 9am - Midday.

Nurture Courses

Lent Study Groups plus weekly Bible Study Group

Other information
Clergy: The Revd Timothy Stanley LAWES
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 6954
Built: 1454
Architect: not known
Archdeaconry: LYNN (263)
Deanery: BRECKLAND (26301)
Benefice: Swaffham and Sporle (26/406 X)
Parish Legal Name: Swaffham (260490 26/490)
CofE Church Info: (626490 26/490)
Short URL: acny.uk/6954/
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The current editor is: Ian Robinson

Swaffham: St Peter & St Paul : Market Place, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7AB


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