St George Tombland

Originally it is believed there were 63 medieval churches in the city. St George is one of the remaining 31 and has the distinction of not only being architecturally worth a visit but is one of eight in regular weekly use.

About this church

A Grade I listed building located immediately outside the cathedral precinct and in what used to be the original Anglo Saxon market site in Norwich. The original church was thought to have been built c1100 though nothing now remains. The present building dates from the 13th century with a nave and chancel. Later additions included a north porch and the two aisles. A brick clerestory was added to the flint building in the 16th century.

Major restoration took place between 1879 and 1886 when the interior was rearranged in the pattern to be seen today. Further restoration work commenced in 2013 and will continue into 2018. This includes reopening the north porch (closed in the 19th century) and restoring the medieval staircase which accesses the tower.

It was in 1272 when rioting broke out in the city that flaming arrows were directed from the tower at the great belfry of the then monastery situated almost opposite, which was burnt down. The church also had strong links with the Guild of St George which at one time had a strong presence in the city. A ceremonial dragon ‘Snap’ is housed in the church.

Notable features include the Symonds Monument and Bread Table, the medieval Purbeck marble font and the Anguish Memorial, the Anguish charity for educational purposes being very much alive today. In addition, there are various other monuments as well as stained glass windows dating from medieval times (two roundels), through the Victorian period to the last addition in 1937 by the William Morris Studio of the Magnificat.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • Ramp or level access available on request
  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Space to secure your bike
  • Church shop or souvenirs

Regular events

  • Monthly on the first Wednesday said Healing Mass at 1.05pm. Weekly on a Friday Said Mass at 10am.

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