St Martin’s History
Thompson is an ancient settlement dating from the 10th century. The church of St Martin dates from approximately 1300. Our timeline shows a fascinating history since its endowment as a Collegiate Church in 1349 and the building of the college in which six priests resided. Several influential people have been associated with the church, including John Pory, who was born in Thompson in 1572 and became the first Speaker of the first Legislative Assembly in Virginia, and Prince Frederick Duleep Singh who helped save the church 100 years ago.
Our church is once again in need of help as the roof is in need of vital repairs The rafter ends have rotted away and only thin clay lump walls are
preventing the roof from spreading; unless action is taken without delay the roof is in danger of collapse.
Why is St Martin's so important?
It has a rare 5 cant scissor-braced nave roof in urgent need of restoration.
It is a unique and largely unmodernised gem of historic importance; a Grade 1 listed mediaeval building, said to be the finest example of the Decorated style in East Anglia.
It has many unusual medieval and Jacobean features which need to be preserved.
for this unique building...
The roof structure is a rare example from the first half of the 14th century of a scissor braced roof and consists of 40 pairs of rafters. Sadly the rafter ends have rotted away and only thin clay lump walls are preventing the roof from spreading; unless action is taken without delay the roof is in danger of collapse. Each of the 80 rafter ends must be repaired using traditional techniques and new materials to match existing. The work required is far more extensive than originally envisaged and unfortunately the HLF grant is not sufficient to cover the cost of the work.
Your donations will:
• Help to re-focus religious and community activities in the church and its immediate surrounds.
• Enhance community cohesion and outreach (local, national and international).
• Using the church as backdrop, enable the PCC to deliver hands on experience to visitors of archaeology, history, heritage, education
• Secure the mediaeval fabric and associated artwork.
• Protect the environment, ecology and wildlife.
There is a lot to do, enable and deliver.
PLEASE BE GENEROUS
How you can donate
Just Giving Page
Revitalising St Martin’s Church, Thompson, Norfolk
Cash or cheque
Cheques and cash can be sent/delivered to:
The Treasurer, College Farm, College Road
Thompson, Thetford IP24 1QG
Online banking transfer (BACS)
Bank account name: Revitalising St Martin’s
Sort Code: 20 28 20
Account Number: 93914356
Come along to our QUIZ on Tuesday 1st May at 7pm in the new Thompson Community Village Hall. You don’t need to buy tickets – just turn up in teams of 4 (or we can help you make up a team). Only £3/head to include tea, coffee & cake but please bring your own wine…Read More
We held an information evening in the Thompson Community Hall on Friday 16th March to update everyone with the progress of the building project. The evening was led by Richard Wolstenholme (Fabric Officer & Chair of the HLF Fundraising Committee) We held an Information Evening on Friday 16th March in the new Community Hall to…Read More
There is an awful lot going on behind the scaffolding! The roof coverings have been stripped off and the first 14 trusses have been uncovered to enable the architect and engineer to work out the best method of repairing the rotten rafter ends and to strengthen the roof. After our site meeting today we…Read More
Happy New Year from everyone on the St Martin’s Restoration team. We hope you all had a peaceful & happy Christmas and a have healthy & happy new year. September is a long way off but we wanted to give you plenty of notice to put the date of Lavender’s Lunch in your diaries –…Read More
You will be aware that work has, at last, started on the church. This follows a year long Development phase during which the architect & engineer prepared drawings & specifications which were then put out to tender. We received the go ahead from HLF in September & we have now appointed Eastern Foundry Lead Ltd…Read More
If you would like more information about the renovations or would like to discus making a donation then please write to The Treasurer St Martin's Church, c/o College Farm, Thompson, Thetford IP24 1QG, get in touch by phone on 01953 483.318 or fill in the form below.