St Peter’s, RidlingtonOpen dawn to dusk.
This quiet and small parish church is situated about 1 mile inland from the coast and is made up of farmland, woodland and heathland. St Peter's is located on the Happisburgh to North Walsham road. This small grade I medieval church is the result of an early C15 legacy of 1421 by Thomas Stacy, which left money for the tower and bells. The 3 stage west tower has a string course below the belfry supported by diagonal stepped buttresses. The nave is early C14 and the chancel is a little later. The east wall is red brick and dates from 1760. The chancel's roof is thatched on medieval braces and is one of the few surviving examples of thatched roofing using Norfolk reed. There is a C13 trefoil north chancel lancet under a triangular head. The octagonal font, which stands on a circular column, is early and possibly dates from the C13. The chancel's stained glass windows suffered irreparable damage due to a Zeppelin attack during WW1. However, 3 small pieces of stained glass have survived and can be seen on the south side of the chancel. The church was awarded a Listed Places of Worship grant in 2016 and hope to complete the work by the Autumn of 2017. But the enthusiastic PCC are actively seeking grants to help restore the church to both comfortable worship and a venue for community events. The view from the tower can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KsaEZEXIm4 see how many other churches you can spot. Services are held on the first Sunday of each month at 3pm - all welcome. The church is open every day and is a great place for rest and reflection. Local walkers and cyclists on Route 30 of the National Cycle Network, which travels through the village will find this a welcome and peaceful place to catch breath. Refreshments available.
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