St Martin’s History
Thompson is an ancient settlement dating from the 10th century and 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. Although we have saved the nave roof from falling by repairing the rafter ends which had rotted away with only thin clay lump walls preventing the roof from spreading we still have a lot of work to do. We repaired the roof just in time with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund and have saved the roof from collapse but would like to repair the rest of the church to save it for future generations.
Why is St Martin's so important?
It has a rare 5 cant scissor-braced nave roof which we have recently restored.
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 had rotted away and only thin clay lump walls prevented the roof from spreading. Luckily we caught the problem just in time and have repaired each of the 80 rafter ends using traditional techniques and new materials to match existing. The work was far more extensive than originally envisaged and although we had a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund we also managed to secure extra funding from many generous donors.
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
Cash or cheque
Cheques and cash can be sent/delivered to:
The Treasurer, College Farm, College Farm Lane, Thompson, Thetford IP24 1QG
Online banking transfer (BACS)
Bank account name: Revitalising St Martin’s
Sort Code: 20 28 20
Account Number: 9391.4356
Thanks to Derek Webb for organising a fun afternoon of treasure hunting round the winding roads of Wayland on 11th August. Everyone had a fantastic time and raised funds for St Martin’s. The result was a tie for first place for Kate & Catherine Winslow and Mark & Debbie Hickman. We can’t wait for the…Read More
Thompson Village & St Martin’s combined forces over the weekend of 26th, 27th & 28th July for a weekend of talks, music, flowers & history. The weekend started on Friday evening with a talk by Peter Bance on Prince Frederick Duleep Singh and his connections with Thompson, Merton & Breckles. The Community Hall was open…Read More
Peter Bance gave a fascinating talk at St Martin’s tonight all about Prince Frederick Duleep Singh. This was followed by Bronwen Tyler explaining his connections with Thompson and Ann Cuthbert spoke on living in same house that Prince Frederick lived in when he lived in Breckles. Prince Frederick Duleep Singh (1868 -1926) was the third…Read More
W A Boggis came today to tune the organ so it is in tip top condition for our Music for a Summer Evening concert on Saturday evening. We still have tickets left so just turn up on the night and buy your tickets at the door. Thank you to Pam for cleaning the church and…Read More
We had another pop up supper club at College Farm on Thursday. 18 people came and enjoyed a delicious menu created by our wonderful catering team, Annabel, Sandie & Katharine. The evening was a huge success and we raised £300 for St Martin’s. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us and we look…Read More
Over 70 people came to St Martin’s today to celebrate Easter. The sun shone brightly and we were able to leave the door open for our service. It was wonderful to have so many at our service and we even ran out of hymn books. Special thanks to Adrian for such a good service; Karen…Read More
7.30pm on Saturday 27th July at St Martin’s, Thompson Featuring: Diss Guitar Ensemble Karen Harries – Mezzo Soprano A Capella Men’s Voices Tickets only £15 each to include wine & food during the interval. Tickets are available from: firstname.lastname@example.org 01953.851.494 email@example.com 01953.483.318 The concert is part of the Thompson Village Heritage Weekend celebrations on Saturday…Read More
We held our first pop up supper club on Friday 15th February at College Farm. Our 4 in house chefs prepared the most delicious supper for everyone and we raised an amazing £360 profit (after expenses) to go towards our restoration fund. A huge thank you to everyone who came and supported us and we…Read More
This Sunday we will be celebrating Candlemas at our 10.30am service. The Gospel of Luke says that Jesus was met by Anna and Simeon. Simeon held the baby Jesus and called him a Light to the World. Candlemas commemorates the ritual purification of Mary, 40 days after the birth of her son Jesus. This day…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.