The Church

All Saints is a large perpendicular church perched on a hill top above the Wensum valley. The tall tower is a local landmark, seen for miles around.

The church is a superb example of late 14th century perpendicular architecture, with a beautiful, open airy interior.

There are carved 17th century pews in the nave, a 14th century font and Royal Arms of 1711.

The village has close connections to the Royal Air Force and has a striking RAF memorial window in the chancel.

The church has regular events as well as services and holds a weekend long flower festival in July.

The Solutions

Swanton Morley is home to a large roost of Natterer's Bats. The bats mainly roost in the chancel roof, but tend to fly freely throughout the church leaving a large amount of mess and droppings.

In spring 2019 the project along with Wild Wings Ecology built a series of new, enclosed roosting boxes in the chancel roof. After allowing the bats to get used to the new boxes, the bats' access to the interior of the church was closed off in summer 2020.

The church has already seen a reduction in the amount of mess and damage inside the church, and we will continue to monitor this, and monitor the boxes over the coming years.

The project are also providing help and advice with cleaning, some new interpretation and helping the church encourage local schools to use the church for lessons.

Upcoming events

If you’d like to contact or find out more about the church, visit their page on A Church Near You