Holy Trinity and All Saints Church

THE fishing heritage of Winterton is apparent as soon as you walk through the door of Holy Trinity and All Saints Church. 

Nets from one of the last fishing boats that made a living from the beach hang from the walls and at the back of the church is Fisherman's Corner with a crucifix carved from ships' timbers. It is one of Rector Rev Selwyn Tillett's favourite spots. The feature was the idea of one of his predecessors Rev Clarence Porter, who was rector between 1925 and 1932.

Rev Porter's life was cut short when he suffered a heart attack after rescuing a choirboy from the sea and among the tributes to local lifeboatmen, who carried out daring rescues, is a memorial to him. He is buried in the churchyard and flowers are still occasionally laid on his grave.

Joseph Hume of nearby Burnley Hall, a 19th Century MP who campaigned against anti-trade union laws and protested against flogging being used as a punishment in the army, is also remembered on the walls of the church along with another Hume whose generous legacy can be seen in the beautifully carved roof and rood screen.

"There is a tremendous sense of history and it is nice that it is still so much part of local life," said Rev Tillett.

One of the 14th and 15th Century church's big claims to fame is the impressive tower. At over 132 feet high it dominates the landscape and served as a lookout post during times of war. Some of the soldiers who spent cold and lonely nights up there left their marks etched into the lead roof.

It underwent a major restoration in 2014 and now, on Saturdays during the spring and summer, it is open to the public and offers stunning views over the surrounding countryside as well as out to sea. On a clear day those who make the climb can see as far as Happisburgh lighthouse to the north and Caister water tower in the south.

Times and the local population may have changed over the years, but the church is still an important part of the village. It is one of the four rural parishes Rev Tillett is responsible for in the Flegg coastal group.

He arrived in 2014 from another rural part of Norfolk with his wife Cassie, a professional organiser and enthusiastic amateur photographer.

Rector Rev Selwyn Tillett outside the church at Winterton-on-Sea

Fisherman's Corner

Rev Clarence Porter's grave, which is in line with the alter

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It's a busy life but Rev Tillett is heartened by the fact that the church is still a focal point in the village.

"People seem to care about what happens in the church and they do turn up for the big community events like Sea Sunday."

The flower festival is also well supported and people will also turn out for events like the Good Friday walk through the village following the 14 Stations of the Cross and even an Easter Day dawn service on the beach where a bonfire is lit.

Parish Mass is at 9am on a Sunday and the church is open daily between 9am and 6pm - or until dusk in winter.

Inside Holy Trinity and All Saints Church


Services & Events

Aerial Video

View from Tower Top

A bird's eye view from the top of the tower - open to the public during spring & summer

Friday 4th

9.00am Morning prayer at Winterton

Sunday 6th

9.00am Parish Mass

Friday 11th

9.00am Morning prayer at Winterton

Sunday 13th

9.00am Parish Mass

Friday 18th

9.00am Morning Prayer at Winterton

Sunday 20th

9.00am Parish Mass

Friday 25th

9.00am Morning Prayer at Winterton

Sunday 27th

9.00am Parish Mass

Services & events during January

An aerial trip around the church