St Catherine

St Catherine's is at the heart of the pretty village of Ludham, in the Norfolk Broads National Park.

About this church

It has a fascinating historic connection with the nearby (now ruined) St Benet's Abbey. Two outcomes of this are that the Church Commissioners are responsible for maintaining its chancel and, more important to the villagers, the Abbot is rector of the parish. The Bishop of Norwich, as Abbot of St Benets is therefore Rector of Ludham.

St Catherine's is a large and impressive church, due to the wealth of the nearby Abbey and its location in an area of rich arable and pasture land. It has a slated chancel, lead roofed nave with two aisles and a four square west tower and is built of flint with stone dressings. It has a fine late medieval painted chancel screen and a painted rood in the tympanum which is very unusual and is now thought to date back to Henry VI. The carved 15th century font includes figures of 'woodwoses', a sort of wild men of the woods, but one is a female, the only one in East Anglia. Free guides are available in the church.

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Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access throughout
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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