Mautby Church in Norfolk opens tower after 800 years

View from Mautby Church, Norfolk
Image caption Mautby is the burial place of Margaret Paston from the famous Norfolk family

A village church in Norfolk is opening its tower to the public for the first time in 800 years.

Visitors can climb the tower at St Peter and St Paul at Mautby, near Caister-on-Sea, on Saturday, 13 August, for Norfolk's Open Churches Week.

People will be able to see "phenomenal" views from the top of the 14th Century parish, looking towards the Broads and the sea.

Now safety work has been completed, it could open again for future viewings.

"The tower has not been open in this way, apart from possibly being used as a look-out during the Civil War," said church treasurer Richard Howard.

"We have been given full approval from our insurance company for this event and the tower has been regularly inspected during the last few months," he added.

The church vicar Reverend Graham Steel said it will be free to climb the tower, but donations would be gratefully accepted.

It will be open from 10:00 to 15:00 BST.

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