Thursford Church

Welcome to St Andrew's Church, Thursford, in the heart of north Norfolk, and which parish includes the renowned Thursford Collection.

The church is open daily to visitors. You are welcome to any of our Services and events.


St Andrew’s set in meadow land on the edge of Thursford and dates back to the 13th century. It was extensively restored in the 19th century, producing a sympathetic merger of medieval and Victorian Gothic architecture, which distinctively sit side by side in the building today.

The result is a building which provides an impressive setting for four notable works of stained glass. The east window above the alter, dominates the interior of the church. It was designed by Albert Moore and is widely acknowledged as an outstanding piece of work. Nikolaus Pevsner describes it as ‘one of the most beautiful of its time in England, or indeed Europe’. The work represents Moores’s only surviving intact complete window. Moore’s work is joined by two windows designed by Harry Wooldridge. Both windows are vibrant in colour and in their expressive portrayal of four saints features dressed in flowing robes.

Recently moved to be on general display is a window dedicated to Elizabeth I and dated 1579.

For the independent Norfolk Churches webpage for Thursford click here.


"The parish of Thursford: St Andrew is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Norwich’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services."

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Revd Robin Stapleford

Colkirk Rectory, Norfolk

NR21 7NU
Parish Priest
01328 853 226
Church Warden
07970 818712

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Drinks and Cakes FIRST Saturday of each Month

Monthly. Every First Saturday at for 2 hours
Thursford Church
Thursford Fakenham, NR21 0BW, GB

All welcome!
Café-style interior with sacred backdrop!
Donations welcome, no set charges.

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