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Thompson, Saint Martin Church,
Thompson, Saint Martin Church, IP24-1QD.


Thompson, Saint Martin Church, Closed do to refurbishment, and on a second visit, I have decided to put off going back to churches that are locked or in between a form of repair until after 2018. Thompson is a very ancient village whose name suggests Danish and Saxon origins. It is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book and has a very varied history. From 1350 until Dissolution in 1541 it had a very successful Collegiate Church. (In Christianity, a collegiate church is a church where the daily office of worship is maintained by a college of Canons; a non-monastic or "Secular" community of clergy, organised as a self-governing corporate body, which may be presided over by a dean or provost. In its governance and religious observance a collegiate church is similar to a cathedral, although a collegiate church is not the seat of a bishop and has no diocesan responsibilities. Collegiate churches were often supported by extensive lands held by the church, or by tithe income from appropriated benefices. They commonly provide distinct spaces for congregational worship and for the choir offices of their clerical community. Thompson, Saint Martin Church, near Watton, square west tower, with small spirelet, a clock and 3 bells, nave, south transept, chancel and south porch. This church was built from about 1300 onwards. many of the windows are beautiful examples of the Decorated period. The south transept window is a good specimen of the late Perpendicular. This church was partly monastic, and was used by the master and chaplains of the adjoining Medieval College. there are miserere stalls in the chancel. The rood screen remains. The benches in the nave all have poppy heads of different designs. there is a fine modern painting represents Joseph's coat being brought to Jacob.


Thompson, Saint Martin Church,Postcode: IP24-1QD.