St Peter Mancroft
St Peter Mancroft is a parish church in the Church of England, located in the heart of Norwich, Norfolk, opposite The Forum. It is the largest church in Norwich and was built between 1430 and 1455. It has a Norman foundation dating from 1075, a 1463 font, a 1573 Flemish tapestry, medieval glass and a memorial to Thomas Browne, author of Religio Medici. St Peter Mancroft is a member of the Greater Churches Group.

Bells
St Peter Mancroft has a peal of fourteen Whitechapel bells in the western tower, eleven of which date from 1775 and the latest of which dates from 1997. St Peter Mancroft is important in the history of change ringing because in 1715, 5040 changes of Plain Bob Triples were rung for the first time, in 3 hours and 17 minutes, as recorded in an inscription in the tower. Subsequently, the first complete peals to the change ringing systems known as Grandsire and Stedman were also rung in St Peter Mancroft.

Incumbents
  • William Wells 1598 - 1620
  • Thomas Tenison 1670 - 1680
  • J Bowman 1826 - ????
  • Charles Turner 1848 - ????
  • William John Westwood 1965 - 1975
  • David Sharp 1975 - 1998
  • Peter W Nokes 1999 - current
  • Sir Thomas Browne- 1605 - 1682


Choir
There was once a large male voice choir which disbanded in 2000, though music is still an essential part of worship with the majority of the services being sung by one of the choirs at the Church. The baroque style organ, one of the finest of its kind, means that St Peter Mancroft is also an exceptional concert venue with many concerts being held all the year round.

Organ
A new organ by Peter Collins was installed in 1984. The specification can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

Organists
  • William Pleasants 1708 - 1717 (son of Thomas Pleasants, organist of Norwich Cathedral)
  • Humphrey Cotton 1717 - 1720 (afterwards organist of Norwich Cathedral)
  • George Baker 1720 - ????
  • Samuel Cook ???? - 1780
  • Edward Beckwith 1780 - 1793 (acting organist from 1769)
  • John Christmas Beckwith 1794 - 1808 (afterwards organist of Norwich Cathedral)
  • John Charles Beckwith 1809 - 1819 (son of the above)
  • Alfred Pettet 1819 - 1837
  • Samuel Critchfield, Junior 1837 - 1851
  • James Harcourt 1851 - 1877 (afterwards organist of Wymondham Abbey 1880 - 1881)
  • Edward Bunnett 1877 - 1908
  • Richard John Maddern-Williams, F.R.C.O 1908 - 1922 (formerly assistant at Norwich Cathedral)
  • Frank Edward Newman 1922 - 1926
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  • Charles Joseph Romaine Coleman 1942 - 1959 (and jointly assistant organist at Norwich Cathedral)
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  • Kenneth Ryder 1963 - 2005
  • Matthew Pitts 2006 - 2009
  • Julian Haggett 2009 - present


Assistant Organists
  • Charles Robert Palmer 1899 - 1901
  • W. Percy Jones 1910 - ca. 1921 - ????
  • Andrew Benians
  • Roger Rayner
  • Tim Patient 1990 - 2005
  • Julian Haggett 2009”“present


Building Activity