Welcome to St. Nicholas, Woodrising
The United Benefice of High Oak & Hingham with Scoulton & Woodrising
St Nicholas at Woodrising, is a medieval church. Its bell tower fell in the first half of the 1700’s, the south side of the church has a aisle with no clerestory but some lovely Perpendicular windows, the main porch is also on the south side, the north door is blocked.
The bell from the now ruined tower is set in a low wooden frame in the churchyard and is covered with a fine thatched roof.
Brief description of the Church
St. Nicholas Woodrising sits at the back of a small village green. The Tower collapsed over 250 years ago and the bell hangs in a thatched belfry in the churchyard. There is a 16thC knapped flint porch with a Tudor arch. There are three perpendicular windows in the Nave and one in the Chancel. The East window has 14thC curvilinear tracery. The priests’ door and windows are perpendicular on the North side. This church has unusual dimensions; the Chancel is just six inches longer than the Nave and is almost as wide. An interesting feature is the carved heads on the Corbels both inside and out.
Brief history of the church
This church was built in 14thC probably by the de Witchingham family, replacing an earlier Saxon Church of which only fragments remain. Restorations were carried out in 16th, 19th & 20th C with regard for the original character of the building. It has been largely unaltered due to its remoteness and the continuing patronage of the Lords of the Manor, many of whom were rich, powerful and eminent men of their day. The present Lord of the Manor and Patron is Lord Verulam who lives in St. Albans, Hertfordshire.
Normal pattern of services
There are 3 services each month for Scoulton and Woodrising.
11.00 am Holy Communion 1st Sunday
11.00 am Morning Prayer 3rd Sunday
6.30 pm Evensong 4th Sunday
2 services at Scoulton and 1 at Woodrising.
Then 2 services at Woodrising and 1 at Scoulton the following month.
Christmas Eve is the last service at this church until the following year when the church is used again for the Summer months commencing with Palm Sunday.
Easter Sunday and a Carol Service are at Scoulton, Harvest alternates between the 2 churches.
When the church is open
The church is open for services, Fund raising events, History Days and during Open Churches week.
How to get in when the church is locked
There is a notice in the Porch showing the 2 Key Holders and their contact details.
Church Warden’s 01953850659
The Old Rectory on the north side of the Church 01953850430
Other sources of information about your church
Diocesan web site, ‘ A Church near you.’ Norfolkchurches.co.uk
Booklets, leaflets & displays in the Church.
‘Woodrising Church’ by Francis W. Steer FSA