Church of England Diocese of Norwich Edgefield

About Us

Until the 14th century, the village stood round the old 12th century church, between the present site and Hunworth. After the Black Death the village was re-established in two locations: Edgefield Green and Edgefield (Ramsgate) Street. For hundreds of years, the old church stood isolated from the village and suffered from neglect. However, in 1876, Walter Marcon, son of the previous rector, and born in the Rectory (in which he later died - in the same room) was appointed Rector, and became a much-loved and respected figure.

Canon Marcon found the church inconveniently sited and in a poor state of repair. He wrote, “Its broken and moss-covered walls, its miserable seating, its chancel arch with a threatening bend in it, its wretched altar old and stained, its font with only its early English bowl remaining, without pedestal or foot piece, were enough to try the stoutest heart”. A devastating restoration about 1820 had reroofed the church at the cost of the lead from the roof, four bells and a monument, all of which paid for a cheap, deal roof which “in one pitch covered nave, aisles and clerestory”. Marcon decided to rebuild the church halfway between Edgefield Green and Edgefield Street. The Marchioness of Lothian gave the site. Bishop Pelham was initially discouraging, doubting if a faculty would be forthcoming. However, the Rector organised savings cards for the parishioners, and eventually, after a great struggle to raise the money, the work began.

He asked John Dando Sedding, a well known Victorian architect, whom he had known in his curate days, to design the building. The main part of the old church was demolished, and much of the material was carefully marked and then incorporated in the new building. The work took two years and the final cost was £2,106!

The new church, dedicated to SS Peter and Paul, was consecrated by John Thomas Pelham, Bishop of Norwich, on July 14th, 1884.

If anyone would like information about the Matlaske Benefice please contact Revd David Longe on 01263 577 252 or [email protected]

SAFEGUARDING (protecting young people and vulnerable adults from being hurt):

If you are being hurt or someone else is being hurt (this can be called 'a safeguarding concern'), below are listed some numbers and websites you can contact for help.

Someone can be hurt or abused in many different ways, for example if someone deliberately hurts or injures you or another person, or If someone always puts you down, shouts at you, ignores you, or makes you feel bad about yourself, or if you are asked to do something you don’t feel is right or are not comfortable doing.

You might be told that it’s your fault, or that they’re punishing you. But nothing makes it okay for someone to hurt you. Abuse is never your fault.*


Anyone can call:

Social Services in Norfolk: 0344 800 8020

The police: 999

Under 19 and need help - call:

Childline: 0800 1111 (or go to: Childline helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.

Over 55 and need help - call:

Silverline: 0800 470 80 90 (or go to: Silver Line is a confidential, free helpline for older people (aged 55 plus) across the UK open every day and night of the year (68% calls are made at night). Silver Line's specially trained helpline team: Offer information, friendship and advice; Link callers to local groups and services; Offer regular friendship calls; Protect and support older people who are suffering abuse and neglect.**

In the Matlaske Benefice we have two safeguarding Officers who can also help; their details are:

Emma Stimpson (email: [email protected]; tel: 01263 577 515)

Lawrence Williams (email: [email protected]; tel 01263 577 292)

In the Matlaske Benefice we treat any safeguarding issues as a very serious matter and deal with it as a priority. We follow the procedures, guidance and policy set out by the Diocese of Norwich Safeguarding Team which can be found on their website at The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors' contact details are: Sue Brice on 07958 377079 or email [email protected] and Sian Griffiths (part-time) on 07342 999386 or email: [email protected] Postal address: Bishop's House, Norwich NR3 1SB.

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