St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth

St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth

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St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth

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The Church of St Nicholas in Great Yarmouth, which is the largest parish church in England by floor surface areaThe Buildings of England, Norfolk: Norwich and North-east. Nikolaus Pevsner, was founded in 1101 by Herbert de Losinga, the first Bishop of Norwich, and consecrated in 1119. It is cruciform, with a central tower, which perhaps preserves a part of the original structure, but by successive alterations the form of the church has been completely changed. The width of the nave is 26 ft, and the total length of the church is 236 ft. The church is the parish church of Great Yarmouth.

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The building itself is located in the central area of Great Yarmouth close to the house of Anna Sewell and is, arguably, the oldest building in the town. There are two main areas of graveyard, one is the old yard which is located directly behind the church and the new yard which stretches for about half a mile to the north. The church is not only used for religious services but is a hub for events. There are choir shows, exhibitions and during festivals and fayres the church opens up to allow stalls and traders inside. The Transitional clerestoried nave, with columns alternately octagonal and circular, was rebuilt in the reign of King John. A portion of the chancel is of the same date. About fifty years later the aisles were...
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