Wells-next-the-Sea: St Nicholas, Wells-next-the-Sea

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Welcome to St Nicholas, the Anglican parish church serving the town of Wells-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk Coast.  We are one of four churches which make up the Holkham benefice in the Diocese of Norwich. the others are Holkham, Warham and Wighton.

We are proud to be a partner in Churches Together in Wells and District.

The church is on the southern edge of the town but seeks to be at the heart of the vibrant community which is Wells-next-the-Sea.

We worship the God who is revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and we seek to proclaim God’s love through word and sacrament.   We seek to encourage each other as we journey in faith, hope and love.

The style of worship you will find here is centred on the Eucharist (Holy Communion) at 8.00am and 10.30am on Sundays.

Our evening services  range from a Taizé style service to a healing service or said Evening Prayer.

Our regular congregation ranges in age from 5 to 90 and children are welcome, as is everyone, at any of our services.


The original church was probably built in the thirteenth century next to the ancient harbour. Like most English churches, it was progessively altered and enlarged in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Its style was, at the Reformation when most church building stopped, Perpendicular. The exterior remained much the same until in 1879 the church was struck by lightning and burnt down. Rebuilding whcih began very quickly was completed in 1883 - this time incorporating a lightning conductor on the tower - in a similar style to the original, though lacking stained glass.

The churchyard contains the grave of John Fryer, sailing master of the famed warship the Bounty whose captain was James Bligh.  Fryer wasborn in Wells-next-the-Sea in 1753, and is buried in the churchyard of St Nicholas,

The Church is usually open during the day for prayer  as well as for historical interest.

Do come along, we would love to meet you.

God bless you.


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Holy Communion (said)
A quiet, said service, sometimes with homily
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Sung Eucharist
Every Sunday at 10:30 AM
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship
Taize Service
A meditative service marked by simple chants and silences following the pattern of the French ecumenical community of Taize in Burgundy
Every first Sunday at 6:30 PM
Evening Prayer
A service of Evening Prayer using The Book of Common Prayer
Every second fourth and fifth Sunday at 6:30 PM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Healing Service
A quiet service in which people may seek the laying on of hands either for themselves or for another.
Every third Sunday at 6:30 PM


Bible Study and Discussion Group at 7, Church Plain (NOT JULY OR AUGUST)
Every third Monday at 7:30 PM for 1 hour


Holy Communion
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM
Common Worship


Quiet Prayer
Half and hour of meditation and guided prayer
Every Thursday during Lent
Every first and third Thursday at 10:00 AM


'Little Fishes'
Lively children's activity session - an hour and a half
Every second and fourth Friday at 2:00 PM



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Wall Paintings Floodlight
Brass Rubbing
Church Open Most days during daylight hours.
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 10303
Built: 1879
Architect: not known
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Bishop of Norwich.The Earl of Leicester and
Archdeaconry: LYNN (263)
Deanery: BURNHAM & WALSINGHAM (26303)
Parish Legal Name: Wells (260568 )
CofE Church Info: (626568 26/568)
Short URL: acny.uk/10303/
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The current editor is: Alan Elkins

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This page was last updated on Wednesday 14th June 2017
Wells-next-the-Sea: St Nicholas : Church Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1EQ - At the corner of Church Street and Church Plain.


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