Welcome to King's Lynn Minster - a place to be at home with God.
Here at the Minster, there is lots to see and do. Please click on the tabs above or see this week's calendar below for more information.
In December 2011, The Bishop of Norwich dedicated The Priory and Parish Church of St Margaret as King's Lynn Minster.
The Minster is situated in the historic surroundings of the Saturday Market Place in the heart of King’s Lynn. Founded by the first Bishop of Norwich, Herbert de Losinga, in 1101, the Minster has offered a welcome to pilgrims and visitors for over 900 years.
The Minster is open all day, every day.
Visitors are welcome to join us for any service or just walk around and enjoy the atmosphere of this Historic and Holy Church.
You can contact us at The Minster Office, St Margaret's Vicarage, St Margaret's Place, King's Lynn, PE30 5DL; tel: 01553 767090. Email: email@example.com
CORONAVIRUS: In view of the situation it is now not possible to open the Minster, nor for the clergy to meet for daily prayer. We are streaming our morning worship each day and will do our best to keep in contact by phone or email. The Minster office will be closed until further notice and all Church Services including baptisms and weddings are postponed until further notice.
During this time we are especially keeping in our prayers all essential workers, those who face hardship, the homeless and all who are fearful.
Follow Morning Prayer live online (Monday - Saturday) and the Eucharist (Sunday), at 8.30am on Facebook or catch up later. (No Facebook account is needed). On some days it has been impossible to stream live, but the service is uploaded as soon as possible after it has been recorded.
If you have the Zoom software, you can join "in person" live here.
Revd Canon Chris Ivory's Retirement
On Sunday 31st May, we bade a very fond farewell and raised a glass to Revd Canon Chris Ivory as he retired from public minstry after 17 years at the Minster. Please follow the link to our webpage Canon Chris Ivory Retires to access the full write up.
Restoration and Development - Building work completed:
Total cost £950,000 - £30,000 still needed!
The most fragile and dangerous parts of the Minster building are now safe. It has gained toilets, a meeting room, an office, storage space, better access for bell ringing, safe wheelchair access and a fire escape. This will all make the Minster much more usable and comfortable, not only for church services, but for all the other activities hosted at the Minster, including the Café, concerts, and exhibitions.
The cost of the project rose to £950,000 (£200,000 more than expected), mostly because of unexpected problems. The repair works needed were more extensive than had been realised and the new development, especially the wheelchair lift, proved more difficult and expensive than anticipated. Within the northwest tower, the foundations of the original 12th century tower were uncovered, so it was necessary to alter the plans to protect these archaeological finds. It is difficult to build a new freestanding structure inside a mediaeval building where nothing is freestanding or upright! The works have taken nearly double the time expected, but apart from a few snags, yet to be sorted out it is finished and the result is spectacular.
Work is now underway to develop presentation, exhibitions and guides to help visitors to understand more of the treasures of the building, its history and significance. Information will also focus on 3 historic characters closely associated with the Minster: William Sawtrey, Margery Kempe and Charles Burney.
The Minster remains on the Heritage At Risk Register because much of the 12th century stonework is becoming severely weathered, other areas of later stonework are beginning to fail, as is much of the 19th century mortar patching. Areas of the 19th century tile floors also need to be repaired.
Over £100,000 has been raised locally – from local people, local businesses and fund raising events which shows how much the Minster is valued by the local community. It always was, and remains the heart of King’s Lynn. Please help us raise the last 3% of the target to keep this spectacular building in sound condition. To make a donation – simply click the donate button below.
See the “Appeal” page for more details and photographs.