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Free guide to 600 historic Norfolk churches published 

A new free guide to nearly 600 historic churches, which are regularly open to the public, across the Diocese of Norwich has been produced.

The Exploring Norfolk Churches Booklet for 2017offers a free guide to Anglican churches in Norfolk and Waveney that are open during weekdays as well as on Sundays.

Norfolk is full of beautiful churches from tiny Saxon parish churches to Norwich’s Anglican Cathedral. No matter where you are, whether in the Brecks, on the Broads or at the coast – historic churches abound.

The booklet details nearly 600 churches and contains descriptions of the churches, photos, location information, website details and other useful information such as if local shops, other amenities and toilet facilities are available or nearby.

The free booklet is available to pick up at Tourist Information Centres, churches, museums, libraries and other places of interest across Norfolk and in parts of Suffolk.

Church Development Officer, Caroline Rawlings, said: "We are extremely proud of this booklet. It gives visitors an opportunity to discover the beauty and variety of our wonderful church buildings.

“The booklet has been running for eight years and each year it becomes more and more popular. It gives visitors an interesting and easy to use guide to explore just a fraction of what these buildings have to offer. We hope that everyone will enjoy using the booklet and visiting the wonderful, diverse and historically important church buildings we have in this Diocese.”

The booklet is also available to view online, download or request by post or on 01603 880853
Pictured above is St Nicholas, North Walsham which is open from dawn to dusk. The C14 church is one of the largest UK churches and the tower was the second tallest in Norfolk until its partial collapse in 1724. The church has a fascinating history and an audio trail is available. There are painted reredos, monument to Sir William Paston, founder of what is now Paston College and historic communion tables such as an 1875 table carved by Charles Simpson when he was only 16 years old. The Paston Way either ends or starts in North Walsham and the long distance Weaver’s Way passes through the town.  Website: saint-nicholas.org.uk

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