Great Yarmouth Minster - The Minster Church of St Nicholas, Great Yarmouth

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The Norman-era Minster Church of St Nicholas in Great Yarmouth remains, due to its floor-surface area, England's largest parish church. It was founded in 1101 by Herbert de Losinga, the first Bishop of Norwich, and consecrated in 1119. Since its construction, it has been Great Yarmouth's parish church. It is cruciform, with a central tower, which may preserve a part of the original structure. Gradual alterations effectively changed the form of the building. Its nave is 26ft wide, and the church's total length is 236ft.
In December 2011, the Bishop of Norwich officially designated it a Minster Church. It is not only used for religious services but is a hub for various other regional and civic events, including concerts by choirs, orchestras and other musical ensembles, art exhibitions and, during festivals and fayres, the church opens permitting stalls and traders inside.
The building, very possibly the town's oldest, is also its most visible, historic landmark. It sits in the central area of Great Yarmouth, close to the house of Anna Sewell. 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 widened, so that the nave is now, rather unusually, the narrowest part of the building. Immediately adjacent are two main graveyard areas: the Old Yard lies directly east behind the church, while the very substantial New Yard stretches for about half a mile to the north.
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  • Amazingly large church with a fascinating history. Lovely stained glass and a very decorated organ. Also a little coffee shop inside serving good mugs of tea and coffee. Free to enter but donation...  more »
  • As always a lovely meal , This place is a proper Italian restaurant , lovely kind service, great tasting food, good value for money and definitely worth visiting . You really can’t fault it  more »
  • Walked there from our hotel what a lovely place and had a sit down and listened to the organ being played  more »
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  • Massive old church, with a lovely painted ceiling and very interesting modern stained glass. Graveyard is extensive but very unkempt.
  • We had a good look around the Minster and found it a beautiful and interesting place. Nice talking to the Curate gave us a history of the building.
  • Lots of detailed information is available around the internet on the Minster, it's buildings and history, but for me, the beautiful building is a delight to just sit inside and look around. In the summer months there are recitals in the Minster every Wednesday lunchtime at 12:30 until 1:15 and they are free (with a retiring collection in aid of the organ restoration fund). The programme is varied and diverse. Solo instrumentalists, local school musicians honing their public performance experience. Groups and ensembles. They all have a place here. In the winter months starting around mid to end of October the recitals switch from every week to every first Wednesday of each month. Same time though: 12:30 to 1:15. You are encouraged to bring your flask and lunch so you can be entertained whilst you eat (try to keep sluuuuurping and noisy munching to a minimum hehe). Snacks and drinks are also available at the Visitor Centre Cafe at lunchtimes.

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