Roof Angels, St Nicholas’ Chapel, Kings Lynn, Norfolk

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If you look up in St Nicholas’ Chapel, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, the largest chapel in England, you will see some of the most beautifully craved angels in the chapel’s 15th century roof, that have greeted visitors for the last 600 years,  We dropped in a few weeks ago, well it was more like the chapel was open, and even if I have visited a trillion times, it would have to be a trillion and one times.  It’s such a beautiful building and the angels hold a total fascination for me, well all roof angels do.  So it was a quick point with camera and then back to shopping, and yes, the camera even comes shopping, well you never know….

What I like about these angels, are their shadows on the roof, some look like crosses, beautiful 🙂


One holds a recorder – the earliest ever portrayal of the instrument in church carving.



The angel below is holding tools, you can see large nails and a hammer.






February 2017

12 Replies to “Roof Angels, St Nicholas’ Chapel, Kings Lynn, Norfolk”

  1. Spotted the shadow right away. Those are incredible angels! I also like the fact that some of them have toes. Didn’t have to put those in, but there they are. 🙂 Good to see roof angels again, I’ve missed them. Thanks, Lynne. 🙂

    1. Glad you enjoyed them Pat, I have some more to post….when I can find them. I just love the shadows, they look wonderful when you see the whole roof 🙂

    1. Glad you like them and when you think how old they are, you do wonder how they did them, also how they built the church in the first place, would have loved to have seen how they did it 🙂

  2. Just came across your lovely photos while googling something else (as you do!), and thought you might like to know that the hammer and nails held by one angel are actually the instruments of Christ’s Passion.

    1. Thank you Lucy, so glad you like the photos. I actually tried to visit the church today, but it was locked, so it was amazing that you had liked the post. Also thank you for the information on the tools, I did think they were just a little more than the angel doing some DIY 🙂 Lynne

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