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Dersingham – St Cecilia

Mountbatten Road, Dersingham, Norfolk, PE31 6YE

A modern (1991) brick church with attached parish offices and a presbytery, all in a traditional idiom and designed by Julian Limentani. 

From the middle of the nineteenth century Dersingham was part of the extensive mission based at King’s Lynn, until later transferred to the parish of Hunstanton. In about 1980 a substantial legacy was offered to the Diocese of East Anglia from the estate of Miss Alice Insley, on condition that a new church be built in Dersingham within ten years. The church and attached presbytery were designed by Julian Limentani of Marshall Sisson Architect, and the church was consecrated on 22 March 1991.


The church is traditional and almost vernacular in style, with walls of red brick laid in English bond and pitched roofs covered in pantiles. It is rectangular on plan under a continuous pitched roof, with a central transeptal projection in the centre of the east side. To the west a lower single-storey section contains the main entrance, meeting rooms and presbytery. The south gable wall towards the road has a central round-headed window flanked by two smaller round-headed windows, the long east side is blind, and the north gable wall has a row of seven vertical strip windows.

The entrance is in the middle of the long west side, with the sanctuary set against a recess in the centre of the long east side opposite. The interior is a single undivided space, although there is provision for part of the space to be divided off for use as a hall. The walls are of barefaced red brick, with a carpeted floor and flat timber boarded ceiling. Windows are mostly clear glazed, although the south windows have some coloured glass. The sanctuary is raised one step and has a forward altar and a rear altar, or gradine, which serves as a support for the enamelled tabernacle, candles and an elaborate reredos with an Edwardian copy of an early Renaissance Crucifixion scene in a gilded frame, installed in 2008.

Heritage Details

Architect: Marshall Sisson Architect (Julian Limentani)

Original Date: 1991

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed