St Peter’s, RidlingtonOpen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
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 has a nave dating from the early C14 and the chancel from later that century. The three-stage west tower was built with a C15 legacy (1421) by Thomas Stacy, which also left money for the bells. The tower has a string course below the belfry supported by diagonal stepped buttresses. 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 made from Purbeck marble, 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 enthusiastic PCC are actively seeking grants to help restore the church to both comfortable worship and a venue for community events. 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 and a bookstall available.
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