The English Parish Church


Central churches staffed by secular or monastic clergy provided a focus for mission and ministry amongst the smaller tribal communities of Anglo-Saxon England.



In Norman times the manor became the local administrative unit. Churches were built by monastic communities, local lords and others to serve the people living on their estates.

The wealth of the wool trade: St Mary’s Worstead, Norfolk


Over the centuries wealthy parishioners beautified and enlarged their churches and left fine monuments to their name.


The alabaster tomb of Lord and Lady Bardolph (1441),
benefactors of Dennington Church, Suffolk



In East Anglia medieval trade with Europe, particularly in wool, generated considerable wealth making Norwich the second city in the land.

A typical English parish church interior: SS Peter and Paul, Salle in Norfolk