Holy Trinity and All Saints Church

Holy Trinity and All Saints Church, WInterton-on-Sea

Fisherman's Corner

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

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It is one of the four rural parishes Fr John is responsible for in the Flegg coastal group and like much of the rest of Winterton, it is dog friendly – in fact he has his own canine assistant Dixie, a rescue dog. Well-behaved pets are welcome at services.

The son of a shepherd, Fr John, who arrived in the village in February 2019 after two decades in charge at St Edmund in Hunstanton, is an experienced church organist as well as a priest. As a schoolboy in North Norfolk he played for both the Church of England and Methodist churches in his home village of Holkham.

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

Views from Tower Top

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

Services & events during November

An aerial trip around the church

For general inquiries please phone Fr John Bloomfield on 01493 393628 or email

To view more photos from the top of the tower please visit our slideshow page

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.

The feature was the idea of one of current vicar Rev John Bloomfield’s 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.

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. (Please see our slideshow).

Times and the local population may have changed over the years, but the church is still an important part of the village.

There is a flower festival that is well supported and people will also turn out for events like the Good Friday Walk of Prayer through the village.

Friday 1st November

9.00am All Saints’ Day Mass at Winterton.

Saturday 2nd November

11.00am All Souls’ Day Requiem Mass at Winterton.

Sunday 3rd November

9.00am All Saints’ Sunday Mass at Winterton.

5.00pm Commemoration of the Faithful Departed at Winterton.

Friday 8th November

9.00am Said Mass at Winterton.

Sunday 10th November

9.00am Remembrance Sunday Parish Mass at the War Memorial continued in the church at Winterton.

Friday 15th November

9.00am Said Mass at Winterton.

Saturday 16th November

12.30pm for 1.00pm Chitterrunners Lunch at the Hermanus,  Tickets £14. 50. Contact Sandra 01493 393480. Raffle in aid of Winterton Church.

Sunday 17th November

9.00am Parish Mass at Winterton.

Thursday 21st November

6.00pm - 9.00pm Annual Salvation Army collection at Winterton Village Hall. Donations of non perishable food, toiletries, new clothing and bedding welcomed. Volunteers needed to help. Please email:

Friday 22nd November

9.00am Said Mass at Winterton.

Sunday 24th November

9.00am Parish Mass at Winterton.

Friday 29th November

9.00am Said Mass at Winterton.

Saturday 30th November

10.00am - 12.30pm Winterton Church Christmas Bazaar at the Church Room. Items for sale will be gratefully received – please contact Sandra on 01493 393480.

Sunday 1st December

9.00am Parish Mass at Winterton.

10.00am - 4.00pm Christmas Fair at the Winterton Village Hall. Stalls, games, raffles, refreshments and more.

6.00pm Benefice Advent Service of light at Hemsby.

Winterton Church 100 Club is looking for new members. Proceeds go towards the upkeep of the church and the Church Rooms. It costs £1 a month and the draw is at the end of each month. Contact Margaret in the evening on 01493 393755