All Saints’ Waterden, or more simply Waterden, is the other church in South Creake parish. Intensely rural, even by Norfolk, this ancient church stands remotely in the fields a mile and a half east of South Creake.
It is a relict of the lost mediaeval village of Waterden and stands alone accompanied only by its Old Rectory (a Victorian building larger than the church itself). Along with its grander mother church, Our Lady Saint Mary, its care and upkeep is the legal responsibility of South Creake PCC.
The chancel roof was completely refurbished in 2005 and at the end of 2010 the pew platform and box pews were restored. In both instances this work was enabled by generous support from the Norfolk Churches Trust and from the church’s patron the Earl of Leicester (via the Holkham Estate). The Norfolk Churches website is a good place to get an independent feel for the character of Waterden church.
Evensong is celebrated at Waterden on the fourth Sunday of the month from April (once the light is good enough as the church has no electricity) through to, and including, September. Its patronal festival is celebrated with a eucharist on All Saints' Day. A Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols by Candlelight takes place on Christmas Eve at 4.00 pm. The church is filled to overflowing for this popular event.
The church is always open.
How to find All Saints' Waterden
The church is 100 yards off Waterden Lane down a grass track partly hidden by trees. It can be accessed either from the B1105 Fakenham - Wells road or from the B1355 Fakenham - Burnham Market road. Parking is on verge in the lane. The Old Rectory is easily visible from the lane so, if you can see that, you are close.