King's Lynn Minster

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King's Lynn Minster
King's Lynn Minster
Location King's Lynn
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Former name(s) St. Margaret's Parish Church, King's Lynn
Dedication St Margaret of Antioch
Heritage designation Grade I listed
Groundbreaking 1095
Parish St Margaret with St Nicholas and St Edmund, King's Lynn
Deanery Lynn
Archdeaconry Lynn
Diocese Diocese of Norwich
Vicar(s) Canon Christopher James Ivory

King's Lynn Minster (St Margaret's) is a Grade I listed parish church in the Church of England[1] in King's Lynn.


Benedictine priory[edit]

The nave and chancel

The church was established by Herbert de Losinga Bishop of Norwich in 1095 to serve a Benedictine Priory and dedicated to St Margaret of Antioch. The priory was subordinate to the Priory of the Holy Trinity in Norwich.

Parish church[edit]

After the English Reformation St Margaret's became the parish church for the town of King's Lynn, and its property was used as an endowment for Norwich Cathedral. Prior Drake was made prebend of the fourth stall in Norwich Cathedral.

Bench end

The central lantern and south-west spire collapsed in 1741 and there was a programme of rebuilding in 1745-46 by the architect Matthew Brettingham. Some of the bench ends and misericords dating from around 1419 are now found in the Victoria and Albert Museum,[2] but the church still retains some .

The church is notable for the two-storey porch and the angel roof.

The church was given the title King's Lynn Minster in 2011.


The oldest bell is a Sanctus bell dating from 1657 by Thomas Norris. The main ring of 10 bells is in the key of C with a tenor weighing just over 28 cwt.


The Sneztler organ case

The organ dates from 1754 when it was installed by John Snetzler. The church organist for nine years from 1751 was the music historian and composer Charles Burney.[3] The organ has been through many restorations and rebuildings since then, the latest in 2003 by Holmes and Swift. Specifications of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[4]


  1. ^ The Buildings of England : Norfolk: Nikolaus Pevsner.
  2. ^ Victoria and Albert Museum Collection Ref: W.16-1921, W.5-1916, W.54-1921 etc
  3. ^ ODNB: John Wagstaff, "Burney, Charles (1726–1814)" Retrieved 23 March 2014, pay-walled.
  4. ^

Coordinates: 52°45′5.12″N 0°23′43.59″E / 52.7514222°N 0.3954417°E / 52.7514222; 0.3954417