looking east

Christ Church, New Catton, Norwich


Victorian church in urban setting in north Norwich. It is open every morning.

  • Leo Reynolds 6y

    The altar is further forward. It used to be up against the screen.
  • Simon K 6y

    A lot of Anglican churches, especially those in the medium-to-high tradition, responded to the changes in the Catholic Church at Vatican II in the 1960s by also moving their altars forward. Christ Church at New Catton really lends itself to this, I think. Was the altar hard against those decalogue boards at the back? Was there an altar rail between the two piers in the picture?
  • Leo Reynolds 6y

    Christ Church New Catton altar by Leo Reynolds

    As you can now see, yes and yes.
  • Simon K 6y

    Thanks Leo. What you knew was certainly the original configuration from the 1870s.
  • Leo Reynolds 6y

    5 Down 4 Across is how I remember it minus the lights and with backs on the pews.
  • Simon K 6y

    Leo, I'm pretty sure looking at that photo that the pews have been replaced with some from elsewhere, possibly a redundant non-conformist church. When I saw the furnishings, I absent-mindedly dated the church in the 1840s - I was surprised to discover that it was actually built in the 1870s. I think the furnishings are older, and from elsewhere. If they came from a Norwich chapel, perhaps just post-WWII, there are a number of possibilities.
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