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. The work to the nave roof was much more extensive, complex & unfortunately more expensive than we expected and as a result we have had to postpone works to the chancel roof, which is likely to be suffering from the same issues as the nave, and also the below ground rain water drainage system, without which the fabric of the church will not fully dry out. This is before we start on the interior....
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
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
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
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.