There are few regions in the UK endowed with a richer historical legacy than Norfolk. All accross the county there are historical buildings and sites to be enjoyed, none more so than 650 churches which are dotted across the landscape.
Every Norfolk church is a treasure to be discovered and enjoyed, but in our latest article, we've highlighted just five of what we believe to be among the beautiful churches in Norfolk.
All Saints, Burnham Thorpe
The All Saints Church in Burnham Thorpe dates back to the 13th century. Like many churches in the region, it was renovated in the 19th century, giving the interior a bright and airy feel.
The church, and the village of Burnham Thorpe are linked inextricably with one of Norfolk's most famous sons: Admiral Lord Nelson. Nelson was born in Burnham Thorpe in 1758, and his father Edmund was rector of All Saints. This fascinating historical connection is celebrated throughout Burnham Thorpe, and in All Saints in particular. The building was completely restored in 1905 to mark the centenary of Nelson's most famous victory, the Battle of Trafalgar.
St Nicholas, Blakeney
This beautiful church, in the popular village of Blakeney, was built between the 13th and 15th centuries, and is the only church in the North Norfolk area to boast a tower at each end of the building, with the 100ft west tower among the highest in the whole county. The beauty of St Nicholas was recognised nationally recently, featuring in The Telegraph's 100 Favourite Churches.
St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham
The church of St Mary Magdalene is situated within the grounds of the royal estate of Sandringham. Dating back to the 16th century, St Mary Magdalene was originally built as a parish church, but is now regularly used by the Royal Family on their frequent visits to Sandringham.
As you would expect, the church contains numerous traces of regal history, such as the carved angels on the sumptuously decorated chancel which were presented as a gift to King Edward VII and his wife Alexandra, as well as the many memorials to members of the Royal Family.
St Margaret Church, Cley-next-the-Sea
One of the most spectacular churches in Norfolk, St Margaret Church in Cley-next-the-Sea, dates back to around the 14th century. The architect of the church was John de Ramsey, who also helped to build the Carnary Chapel at Norwich Cathedral. The charm of the church is in the small details, such as the bench ends with their depictions of strange, mythological creatures.
St Edmund's, Hunstanton
St Edmund's Church in Hunstanton is the newest bulding on our list, with the building constructed between 1865 and 1869. Despite being built in the mid 19th century, the building is designed in the style of a medieval church, with a nave, chancel and south aisle. The High Anglican interior is wonderfully atmospheric and includes some beautiful stained glass made by Kempe and Comper.