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St Peter Mancroft is the largest of the 31 medieval parish churches in the city of Norwich and one of the finest churches in Norfolk. It is located in the market place in the centre of Norwich, close to the City Hall, Forum and Castle Museum.
A church has stood on this site since the Normans set up the new market place in the field below the castle in 1075. The current building was begun in 1430 and consecrated 25 years later and is in the perpendicular style.
As well as an exceptional building, St Peter Mancroft has a fine collection of medieval and renaissance treasures, 18th century monuments and is well-known for the English art of change ringing on church bells.
It is a lively city centre Parish church, ministering to the people and institutions of the Norwich with regular Sunday and weekday services as well as alternative forms of worship and pastoral work. The church is also a popular venue for concerts including our own free Mancroft Music Saturday lunchtime recital series.
The church is an oasis of calm for workers, shoppers and tourists alike in the centre of this bustling city. It is open Monday to Saturday throughout the year between 10am and 4pm (closing at 3.30pm in winter). Short prayers are said daily in the church at 1pm.
St Peter Mancroft, Norwich is one of the 41 churches in the Greater Churches Network of England, an informal association of non-cathedral churches which, by virtue of their great age, size, historical, architectural, or ecclesiastical importance, display many of the characteristics of a cathedral.
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