East Anglia has the greatest concentration of medieval churches in England and probably Europe. Norfolk alone has 650 medieval churches.
“Saxons built large numbers and many of our churches today either exist on the same sites or retain some Saxon work. The Normans, who conquered England in the eleventh century, lost no time in building or rebuilding churches. Their work is characterised by its massiveness and consequently much of their building survives. And in the middle ages the great wealth of the wool barons ensured that the finest masons and craftsmen were commissioned.(Richard Tilbrook)
“Sadly much has been destroyed, firstly at the coming of the Reformation in the mid 16th cent. and a hundred years later by over zealous Puritans at the time of Oliver Cromwell. Since then much more was allowed allowed to fall into neglect. Finally, in the nineteenth century, the industrious Victorians imposed many of their dubious “improvements” doing away with much that was old and beautiful although, to their credit, they did a great deal of valuable work saving churches from dereliction. What is left to us is a priceless legacy; and every one has its own unique character and charm.to undertake the building, enlarging and furnishing of churches” (Richard Tilbrook)
Unfortunately, many of the churches are in urgent need of repair, and there is hardly any money available for this purpose. Villagers try to make the churches “work” by organising concerts and cultural events such as art exhibitions whose proceeds go to the churches’ funds.
Trunch Church St Botolph not only has an extraordinary acoustic for all kind of concerts. It also features a very rare font.