The Norfolk Churches Trust ‘House by the Church’ event has now become an annual institution. And so it was that on 12 May, 375 members of the Norfolk Churches Trust and their friends were granted the privilege of visiting 23 houses and 4 gardens in West Norfolk not open to the public. The houses were of all types, from Elizabethan Halls, elegant Georgian mansions, unexpected Merchants’ houses in Kings Lynn to Victorian solidity . All of them with something to say about the ages in which, and the people for whom, they were built. The owners of the houses were all on hand to show us round and tell us about the buildings or the gardens and answer innumerable questions from their visitors, some of whom had come from out of the county, even as far away as Shropshire. The Trust had also tried to ensure that the churches adjacent to the houses were open as well.
The Norfolk Churches Trust is profoundly grateful to the owners for so generously allowing such access. It was enormously appreciated, not just by the Trust but by all who took part. It was a wonderful day out in good weather, and to crown it all, we made nearly £24,000, a welcome boost to our funds. We can help a lot of churches with that kind of money.