The Church

Gayton Thorpe is a picture perfect round tower church in a tiny village just outside King's Lynn.

The tower, which is actually D-shaped rather than round, is Saxon with an early Norman upper section.

The highlight of the church is the carved seven sacrament font, showing baptism, ordination, confession, mass, communion, marriage, the last rites and a Virgin and child on the eighth panel.

Gayton Thorpe is a beautiful, welcoming church and usually open for visitors at all times.

The Bats

Gayton Thorpe has one of the largest colonies of pipistrelle bats in Norfolk, with over 800 Common and Soprano Pipistrelles using the church.

The church have been working with Phil Parker, a local bat ecologist for many years to manage their bats. The project has helped to install new roosting space in the rafters, including relining the space with safe materials, added a wall top box in the nave eaves and built more boxes in the surrounding churchyard trees.

The work has been so successful that the church are now hoping to increase the number of bats using the church!

The project is continuing to fund the bat work here, improving the roost space and finishing off work to keep bats out of the interior.

Gayton Thorpe holds regular bats nights and other events to celebrate their bats. We also hope to develop an education programme to encourage school visits to the church.

Upcoming events

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