St Peter Mancroft

St Peter Mancroft, Norwich
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St Peter Mancroft.
St Peter Mancroft, Norwich is located in Norfolk
St Peter Mancroft, Norwich
St Peter Mancroft, Norwich
52°37′40″N 1°17′33″E / 52°37′40″N 1°17′33″E / 52.62778; 1.29250
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationChurch of England
DedicationSaint Peter
ParishNorwich, St Peter Mancroft
Vicar(s)The Rev'd Edward Carter
Assistant priest(s)The Rev'd Dr Fiona Haworth
Organist/Director of musicJody James
Organist(s)Julian Haggett

St Peter Mancroft is a parish church in the Church of England, in the centre of Norwich, Norfolk. After the two cathedrals, it is the largest church in Norwich and was built between 1430 and 1455.[1] It stands on a slightly elevated position, next to the market place.[2]

St Peter Mancroft is a member of the Greater Churches Group.


The present building was begun in 1430, on the site of an existing church, and consecrated in 1455. It is an ambitious building, 180 feet long and ashlar faced with a tower at the west end.[2] It is a Grade I listed building.[3]

It has a Norman foundation dating from 1075, a 1463 font, a 1573 Flemish tapestry and medieval glass. The North transept displays a remarkable collection of church silver (one of the finest of any parish church in the country) including the Gleane and Thistle cups, as well as memorabilia associated with its most famous parishioner, the physician-philosopher Thomas Browne, author of Religio Medici (1642).[4] The small lead-covered spire with flying buttresses was added by A.E. Street in 1896.[2]

In 1850 two L-shaped trenches accommodating a number of acoustic jars were discovered beneath the wooden floor on which the choir stalls had previously stood. The earthenware jars were built into its walls at intervals of about three feet, with the mouths facing into the trenches.[5]