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Church containing historic monument to be opened to the public

PUBLISHED: 16:08 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:08 28 February 2018

The Pettus monuments inside St Simon and St Jude Church, Norwich are being renovated  thanks to a big lottery grant to the Norwich Historic churches trust.

Photo: Nick Butcher
Location: Norwich
Copy: Jon Welch
For: EDP
EDP pics © 2007
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The Pettus monuments inside St Simon and St Jude Church, Norwich are being renovated thanks to a big lottery grant to the Norwich Historic churches trust. Photo: Nick Butcher Location: Norwich Copy: Jon Welch For: EDP EDP pics © 2007 (01603) 772434

EDP pics © 2007

A redundant Grade I-listed church at the bottom of Elm Hill will be opening its doors to the public this March.

Norwich’s St Simon and St Jude was built in the 14th century, and contains stone memorials to two Norwich mayors.

Thomas Pettus was mayor in 1590, and is depicted with his wife and children. His son, Sir John Pettus is also depicted and was mayor in 1608.

Norfolk Historic Churches Trust (NHCT) announced on Twitter that its volunteers will be “opening the doors for viewing” every day between March 10 and 14, from 11am to 2pm.

The church was declared redundant in 1892, but after decades of disuse and action to save it by the Norwich Society, it became the central headquarters of the Norwich Scouts and Guides, who created an extra floor and a shop,

They were followed by a boxing gym and dance studio.

The church currently has a tenant, who will be absent on the open days.

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