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The Misericords and history of Kings Lynn,

St Margaret’s.

St Margaret’s has sixteen late 14th century misericords.

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History of St Margaret’s, Kings Lynn, Norfolk

Herbert de Losinga, first Bishop of Norwich  founded, at the request of the townsfolk the Church of St Margaret in 1101, he also set up a small priory attached to the church by seconding monks from the abbey attached to the newly formed Norwich Cathedral.  Only small parts of this original church survive - the internal columns and Romanesque arches of the west tower and the external base the base of the south tower.  The church was almost totally rebuilt under the aegis of Bishop de Grey of Norwich in the 13th century.  Only the chancel remains from this rebuild.  The misericords date from 1370 to 1377.

Wealthy merchants of the Trinity Guild sponsored another rebuild which greatly enlarged the church in the 15th century. The east window, which dates from this rebuild is of interesting and unusual circular design.  In 1453, the Northwest tower, which appears to have been built on poor foundations was leaning so badly that it had to be completely renewed.

A gale in 1741 demolished the spire on the southwest tower, causing much damage to the nave and aisle - this resulted in yet another re-build, however it is nice to see that they retained the Romanesque arches separating the nave from the aisles, whilst having  Gothic arches from the nave to the central crossing.

Sir George Gilbert Scott directed the restoration of 1874, which cleared away much of the clutter of intervening years.

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