The Church

St Peter and St Paul sits neatly next to the large green of a picturesque estate village next to Heydon Hall.

The church is mostly 14th-15th century with a tall, flint tower. The west door may be original and is highly carved and decorated. A soaring perpendicular arch links the nave and the tower.

Inside, Heydon is almost covered in paintings. These were rediscovered in the 1970s. In the north aisle are the Three Living and the Three Dead, partly obscured by later monuments, and a life of John the Baptist. In the south aisle is the adoration of the Magi.

The church organ and the East window have both been recently cleaned and restored.

The Bats

The church has had previous counts of over 200 Pipistrelle bats, as well as a large colony of Natterer's bats.

The church are happy to live with their bats and have had regular bat walks and events as part of the Norfolk Bats in Churches project. We will be continuing to fund these events as part of the project.

We also plan to celebrate the wall paintings with a series of events and potential restoration, as well as sharing our research into wall paintings from other project churches.

The church are keen to celebrate their wildlife and we hope work together to make some short films of the wildlife in the area.

Upcoming events

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