Thorpe Episcopi: St Andrew, Thorpe St Andrew

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Welcome! the church is open daily.

This Church stands beside the River Yare on the eastern side of Norwich, approx. 3 miles from the city centre.
The Church overlooks the Yare Valley and the village is popular for the holiday makers from the river cruisers.

A church dedicated to St Andrew has stood on this land to the north of the River Yare since medieval times. The site is now part of the Thorpe St Andrew conservation area.

The present church, constructed between 1864 and 1866 is a listed building. It replaced the earlier one which was partly demolished in the 1880s. The present church was consecrated by the Bishop of Norwich on 31 May 1866. At the time there were insufficient funds to build a tower, but in 1881-2 a new tower with a spire 150ft high was erected and in 1883 a ring of eight bells was installed. Sadly the tower proved not robust enough for the bells to be pealed.

Bomb blast damage in 1944 weakened the spire and in the mid 1950s it was removed and replaced with the present ‘pyramid’ tower.

At the west end of the church there is a 13th century font. It is plain and octagonal and was once in the former church.

There are three stained glass windows in the south aisle:

1. the Birkbeck window at the east end shows John the Baptist and St John the Divine. Underneath are two small pictures depicting the Kremlin in Moscow and Magdalene College, Oxford. William Birkbeck (died 1901) fostered relations between Anglicans and the Russian Orthodox Church.

2. The middle window is of St George, and St Elizabeth of Hungary.

3. In the upper section of the third window is depicted the Holy Family, and in the lower section is Jesus in the house of Mary and Martha. This window was given by the local branch of the Royal British Legion in 1983 as a tribute to the families of HM forces.

On leaving the church there are two connecting porches, the monuments in which come from the old church. On the West wall there is a Great War memorial and a list of parish priests from 1200 up to 2004.

The Churchyard has a flagpole erected in 2009 and contains a variety of trees including yew, Irish yew, holm oak, holly and box. The roses are mostly planted in memory of loved ones, and ashes are interred under the grass against the north wall of the ruin.

Parish boundary view Bird's eye view

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Revd James Stewart
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Sung Eucharist
Sung Eucharist followed by coffee.
Every first third and fourth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Family Eucharist
This service is family orientated. The children are actively encouraged to participate in the service.
Every second Sunday at 9:30 AM for ¾ hour
Parish Eucharist
This service is always held where there is a 5th Sunday in the month
Every fifth Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour


Morning Prayer
Monday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
until Wednesday 18th December 2019


Morning Prayer
Tuesday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
until Wednesday 18th December 2019
Holy communion
Every Tuesday at 6:00 PM for 20 minutes


Morning Prayer
Wednesday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
until Wednesday 18th December 2019


Morning Prayer
Thursday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
until Wednesday 18th December 2019
The Office at St Andrews Centre, Brenda James Close, adjacent to the Church of the Good Shepherd, is open every Thursday between 6 - 7pm. This is where you are welcome to meet the clergy. You will be able to collect forms / book Baptisms, Weddings, etc.
Every Thursday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour


Morning Prayer
Friday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
until Wednesday 18th December 2019



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

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


Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2863
Built: 1900
Archdeaconry: NORWICH (261)
Deanery: NORWICH (EAST) (26104)
Benefice: Thorpe (26/426 W)
Parish Legal Name: Thorpe St. Andrew (260110 )
CofE Church Info: (626110 26/110)
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The current editor is: Christine Cutting

This page was last updated on Thursday 6th July 2017
Thorpe Episcopi: St Andrew : Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew, Norfolk, NR7 0EW

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