Church of St Edmund


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Church of St Edmund, Church Street, Hunstanton


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Statutory Address:
Church of St Edmund, Church Street, Hunstanton

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TF 67462 41075


This list entry was subject to a Minor Enhancement on 04/06/2018

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HUNSTANTON Church Street Church of St Edmund

(Formerly listed Church of St Edmund, GREEVEGATE (north) and NORTHGATE (east), New Hunstanton, previously listed as St Edmunds Chapel)


HISTORY Parish church of New Hunstanton built in 1865-1869, with north aisle of 1879, by Frederick Preedy, architect of Worcester, for his cousin Henry Le Strange of Hunstanton Hall, at a cost of £3,700. Built to serve the community of New Hunstanton developed by Henry Le Strange as a seaside resort, following the coming of the railway in 1862.

DETAILS EXTERIOR: knapped flint rubble, carstone and freestone dressings, C20 tiled roof. Nave, west narthex addition, aisles, south porch, chancel and north vestry. High Victorian Gothic, four bay nave, aisles and clerestorey, two bay chancel. West front with lower narthex lean-to with five light window, three lancets to gable. five-light east window. Carstone banding to walls. Plate tracery clerestorey, bar tracery elsewhere, early Decorated details. South porch flint, addition of c.1914.

INTERIOR: four bay arcade alternating rounded and octagonal piers. Open roof with massive scissor braces, similar to contemporary roof of Old Hunstanton church. Chancel arch with four detached shafts. Rood beam and figures C20. Capitals may be attributed to R. L. Boulton of Worcester, Sculptor. East window by C. E. Kempe, c.1890, south aisle south east window Ninian Comper 1912.

Historical note: the church was the site of a protest by members of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), the militant suffrage organisation formed by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903. From 1905 WSPU members, known as suffragettes, used direct action in their campaign, beginning with civil disobedience and escalating to include serious criminal damage and bombing. Non-violent direct action remained important and in 1913 the ‘prayers for prisoners’ protests were begun. These took place in churches throughout the country and involved women quietly interrupting church services chanting ‘God Save Mrs Pankhurst’ and praying for other suffragette prisoners. In March 1914 an unknown woman stood up in St Edmund’s Church after the benediction and said ‘Oh, God we beseech thee to lead thy church to a true repentance for Her toleration of the treatment of political prisoners who are fighting for justice and purity, and give Her to see Her grave responsibility in this matter, for Christ’s sake. Amen.’ The gendered language was typical of members of the Church League for Women’s Suffrage.

This list entry was amended in 2018 as part of the centenary commemorations of the 1918 Representation of the People Act.

Listing NGR: TF6746241075


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Hunstanton and its Neigbourhood, (1864), 39-40


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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