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The original Norman church was a simple affair, consisting of a nave and west tower. By the mid 13th century the growing prosperity of Wisbech led to the church being enlarged and extended eastward. The eastern apse was demolished and a new, wider chancel added. The oddly angled joint between the 'new' chancel and the nave is plainly evident today. The walls of the original nave were torn down, and a second nave and aisle added to the north.
In 1450 the Norman tower collapsed in a storm. Rather than simply replace it, the south side of the nave was taken apart and rebuilt with slender Perpendicular arches between the naves. As for the tower, it was eventually replaced around 1530, which is offset from the main body of the church.
The most striking aspect of Wisbech church is the sheer breadth of the interior. The twin naves under one roof are probably unique in England.
An annual Rose Fair is held in the lovely gardens outside the south porch.
About Wisbech Church
Address: Church Terrace, Wisbech, East Anglia, Cambridgeshire, England, PE13 1EU
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the centre of Wisbech. Limited on street parking, but there are several paid parking lots nearby.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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