The origins and development of Norfolk’s parish churches and the importance and fascination of Churchwarden accounts”.

This course investigates Norfolk’s world-famous parish churches: how, why and where they were established and built and how contemporary fashions and population growth led to “make-overs” at various stages over the centuries. From the early Gothic period until the dawn of the Reformation, new styles of church architecture accompanied a building-boom and Churchwardens played a vital role administering and accounting for the ecclesiastical estate. Many East Anglian parishes have detailed and fascinating accounts of activity and developments in their churches particularly during the turmoil caused by King Henry VIII and his successors. This courses brings to life a subject which is far from dry!