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The Parish Church

The Parish Church

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1878

Shelfmark: 10352.a.3

Item number: 1

Length: 82

Width: 90

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The Parish Church dedicated to St. Nicholas, the patron saint of fishermen and sailors, is celebrated as being the largest of the strictly parish churches in the United Kingdom, and also as covering a larger area than several of our cathedrals...This church was founded in the year 1101 by Herbert de Losinga, first bishop of Norwich, and occupied eighteen years in erection...The tower is Norman, and rises at the intersection of the nave and transepts. It was heightened in the early English period...It is surmounted by an unworthy spire that was erected in the year 1806, covered with copper sheets coated with tin. The summit is 168 feet from the ground. In 1683 the old spire was struck by lightning and so badly twisted that

'Whichever way you turned your eye,

It always seemed to be awry.'


'It's as crooked as Yarmouth steeple,

Became a saying amongst the people.'"

Letterpress from 'Photographs of Great Yarmouth'.

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