Hungate is looking forward to reopening later in the spring – we will post details soon, and can’t wait to see all our visitors again. And in the meantime, in honour of St David’s Day, here is a stained-glass angel from our west window, wearing as near as possible to daffoldils!
We are delighted to announce that, in this difficult year, Hungate has been awarded a package of support from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage!£14,400 will allow us to ‘Go Digital’ by installing fiber broadband in our Grade 1 Listed building and purchasing all the kit so that – whatever happens next year – we can stream our talks, tours and events online for everyone to enjoy. We will also be able to start work with architects and architectural historians towards our planned longer term improvements to the space, getting us ready for year round use and sustainable income generation. Hungate has no staff and no jobs to save, so we do understand we might not be everyone’s first priority right now, but we fit into the local economy of Norwich Cathedral Quarter, as well supporting our landlords Norwich Historic Churches Trust to preserve this important building, and offering free learning experiences for local people, students and visitors – and supporting all of our volunteers, who will be very glad to be back!
We’re are open on both Saturdays (12th and 19th September) 10:00-16:00.
On the 12th we will be focused on Norfolk Churches Trust Bike Ride participants and on the 19th we will be looking at ‘Hidden Nature’ in our Churchyard, but on both days visitors will have a chance to visit the church.
Given the new regulations, we though you might want to know a bit about how it’s going to work:
-There will be a one-way system. You will enter by the east gate and leave by the south door. Volunteers will direct you.
– If you’re on a bike, you’ll be asked to leave it outside. Volunteers will be supervising the area to prevent theft.
– You will be asked to write you own Track & Trace information into a confidential book. Please try to bring your own pen.
– You can visit in a group, but it must be of no more than 6 people, and from one household or bubble.
– You will be asked to use hand sanitiser, and to wear a face covering unless you are exempt.
– The maximum number of people in the space will be controlled, so you may need to wait outside or in the Churchyard until access is available.
Saturday 19 September, 10:00-16:00: Enjoy a special HODs trail around the outside of the building and the beautiful churchyard garden.
A detailed trail sheet will take you around the outside of the medieval church of St Peter Hungate spotting hidden features, whilst you enjoy the beautiful churchyard garden created by NHCT volunteers. Find the surviving gravestones, usually hidden from view, get a new perspective on the famous Britons Arms, and take a close look at the ‘Paston’ graffito by the north door. This can be followed, if you wish, by a socially distanced self-guided visit to the inside of the building.
No booking required. The garden and nave of the building are wheelchair accessible.
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, our toilet will not be available this year. Please note that social distancing will be observed at this event, so if the churchyard is full you may be asked to wait or come back later.
Hungate will be welcoming cyclists and walkers taking part in the Norfolk Churches Trust Annual Bike Ride on Saturday 12th September. The garden and building will be open for socially distanced self-guided tours.