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 Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Buzzbox Family Service
On an occasional basis. See www.swaffhamparishchurch.org ; pew sheet, parish magazine or notice board for details
Every second Sunday at 11:15 AM for ¾ hour
BCP In winter start time is 3.30
Every first and third Sunday at 6:00 PM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer


Choir practice in Church
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



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Floodlight


Lent Study Groups plus weekly Bible Study Group
Church Open 9am - 4pm in summer months9am - 3pm in winter monthsSaturday morning tea, coffee and cake 9am - Midday.

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Hall for Hire Yes - contact Hedley Richardson 07765 670272
Other information
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

This page was last updated on Wednesday 25th March 2015
Swaffham: St Peter & St Paul : Market Place, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7AB


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