Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough
Postal Code: PE32 1NQ
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EAST WINCH is a village and parish and station on the Lynn and Dereham Branch railway, 5} miles south-east- by-east from Lynn, in the Western division of the county, hundred and union of Freebridge, Lynn county court district, rural deanery of Lynn and archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich, situated on the Swaffham road. The church of AU Saints is a fine lofty and ancient structure in the Perpendicular style, situated on high ground, having chancel, nave, aisles and a square tower containing 1 bell; it was re-roofed and thoroughly restored in 1S75, and an organ chamber built at the south-east angle of the south aisle and chancel,upon the site on a ancient mortuary chapel of the Howards (Dukes of Norfolk), who formerly held an estate here, and had a mansion, the moated foundations of which are still discernible to the east of the lane leading from the main road past the church to Wormegay: a brass tablet is now inserted in the east wall of the organ chamber, recording the burial (1309) of Sir William Howard, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (the first titled person and founder of the noble family of the Dukes of Norfolk), and often other members of the Howard family, to the year 1400: in 1876 a handsome oak pulpit was placed as a memorial by the representatives of the late Mr. Jacob Curl, and In 1877 a stained window was inserted at the east of the chancel, in memory of the late E. Kent Esq. There are tablets in the church to the members of the Kent, Curl and Forster families: also two ancient and interesting ones of the Barnes, particularly that in the organ chamber of William Barnes, of whom the quaint inscription relates that "he did, for many years, serve his King and country with great prudence and fidelity, in ye office of Justice of ye Peace, till at length, such was the iniquity of ye times."