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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 13th century St Nicholas church with its medieval watchtower
Blakeney mariners earned a reputation for piracy, and it is said that ships refused to dock at Blakeney for fear that their cargo would be stolen.
St Nicholas ChurchThe 13th century parish church of St Nicholas has two towers, one of which used to serve as a beacon. Though the church was begun in the 13th century the bulk of the current building is late medieval, in Perpendicular Gothic style. It retains its 15th century octagonal font, but only fragments of medieval stained glass survived the Reformation. There are 4 misericord carvings in the chancel, and a medieval hammerbeam roof in the nave. Look for the memorial brass to John Calthorpe at the east end of the nave.
In 1296 a Carmelite Friary was founded at Blakeney. Remains of the monastic buildings are incorporated into Friary Farmhouse. In Friary Park is an 18th century windmill, made of brick and flint, and listed Grade II for historic interest.
Among the other historic buildings in the village is the Manor Hotel, built in the 17th century of stuccoed flint and brick. For refreshment there is the Kings Arms pub, built in 1760, and the White Horse on High Street, overlooking the Quay.
The GuildhallNear the harbour is all that remains of Blakeney Guildhall, featuring a very finely vaulted 14th century undercroft made of brick and stone. You might assume by the name that the Guildhall was built by a local merchant guild, but you'd be mistaken; it was built as a dwelling by a successful merchant, and only much later used by the local guild of fish merchants. Visitors can easily see the undercroft vaulting at the current ground level, and the partial remains of the upper storey.
Address: Blakeney, Norfolk, England
Attraction Type: Town
OS: TG 0156 4524
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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