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
Come along to College Farm on Friday 15th February and enjoy dinner cooked by our wonderful St Martin’s Catering Team! Tickets are only £20 each and places are limited to just 20. A delicious 3 course home made dinner will be served at 7pm and all you need to do is book your ticket(s), come…Read More
Happy New Year! The PCC of St Martin’s would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful and healthy 2019. The world is a troubled & turbulent place at the moment and we are very lucky to be living in relative peace & prosperity in our corner of Norfolk. We have many…Read More
This evening we marked the start of advent by the lighting of our Advent candle and singing a few Christmas carols in the porch. This Friday (7th) everyone is welcome to join us at 6.30pm as we gather to light our Christmas tree and sing a few carols. We will then process through the village…Read More
The Bishop of Lynn, assisted by Adrian Bell, our Interim Priest, rededicated St Martin’s on Sunday following the successful conclusion of the first part of our restoration programme. The church was completely packed for this important service in our history and it was standing room only at the back. During the service the Bishop not…Read More
Everyone is invited to our service of rededication by the Bishop of Lynn at 4pm on Sunday 7th October Following the short family service there will be tea, coffee, cake & a glass of bubbly! Join us in celebrating our first service for 2 years following the restoration work on our beautiful, medieval…Read More
Pam & Katharine manned St Martin’s yesterday for the Norfolk Churches Trust Bike Ride. There was hot tea & coffee, cold drinks, homemade cake and a tour of St Martin’s for everyone who came. It was wonderful to be able to welcome people to St Martin’s again having been closed for the last two years. …Read More
This Sunday, 2nd September, we are holding our annual lunch in memory of Lavender Garnier and hoping to raise lots more money for our restoration fund. Please come and join us at 12 noon at College Farm, College Farm Lane, Thompson IP24 1QG (01953.483.318) for a delicious homemade lunch, good company and music from Pot…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.