St Peter Wiggenhall, Norfolk, 30th March 2019

June 10, 2019
Written by: Rob Slusar

The final stop on my return to church visits is St Peter. This church is a formidable church in the middle of a very small village. Guess what? I’ve been here before too.

St Peter’s, Wiggenhall St Peter

The Church of St Peter is a much more recent church than the others I visited. Most of the existing structure appears to be from the 15th century. It appears however, that the bell tower was built into an existing nave. This would suggest the history of the site goes back further than 1550.

Whilst postcards from the era show the church was in a relatively good around 1920, it is believed that it went out of use before then.

The church is now under the care of the Norfolk Historic Churches Trust and the tower was struck by lightning in 2013.

The Photos

As it was getting later in the day at this point, the position of the sun was making light more unpredictable. 

I wanted to avoid straight copies of what I had done before, but given trees, homes and a river it’s difficult to find new angles. Regardless, I got a few that I liked. Here they are.

As at this point I was shooting into the light, it was hard keep the background from blowing out. I managed to salvage it by turning it black and white.

The majority of what remains is believed to have been constructed in the 15th century. It is believed their was an older church.

The bell tower seems to have been built into an existing nave rather than at the end of the building. This means there is a vaulted ceiling under the tower.

Internal views.

You can see in this image where the tower was built into the nave. The earlier roof is extended up from the eaves to meet the later tower.

Further along the river is another church at Wiggenhall St Mary. Their are many similarities between the two. St Mary is in a maintained condition but is no longer used for regular worship.

This picture shows the many different building materials used to construct this church. You can easily see brick, stone and flint were used to build the walls. It’s possible it was once rendered like other local churches.

Although it doesn’t have a congregation, it still stands as a landmark along the river.

Despite being struck by lightning in 2013, the tower still stands proud.

Final Thoughts

It was nice to get out with the camera that day. The weather over the winter months had been pretty bleak so I hadn’t been out all that much.

The sun and ruins brought me back into my element and I really enjoyed my day out on my one. It was also nice to get back to shooting churches.

This is the last one for that trip and I apologise for taking so long to get it up. We are into June now, so my air show season has started and I have focused on that. I look forward to bringing you more over the summer.

I hope you have enjoyed these sites. For now, thanks for looking.


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