Kings Lynn, Norfolk

St. John's Church, Kings Lynn, Norfolk

This church, the first to be built in Kings Lynn since the Reformation, was founded by John Motteux (owner of Sandringham Estate amongst others). He visited Kings Lynn in 1843 and went to pray at St. Nicholas Chapel. He sat in one seat and was moved along by someone who said they rented the seat, it then happened again. So he put up £2,000 towards building a new church in the town where no seats could be rented.

A committee was formed and they appointed Anthony Salvin as architect. Salvin was a great church renovator but is best known for his work on country houses and the Cambridge colleges. The church is typical of Salvin’s slightly heavy style and was completed by 1846.

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