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Diocese of Ely.    Archdeaconry of Wisbech.   Deanery of Feltwell.

Patron of the Church (since 1352):    Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge.

Shared Benefice with St Mary's Church, Weeting

Rector

Rev Stephen Betson
The New Rectory,
South Street,
Hockwold,
Norfolk.

(01842) 828469

Other Enquiries including access to the Church to the Churchwardens, although financial matters are best directed to the Treasurer.

Churchwarden

Mr. G.C. Whitaker
Byways,
Mill Drift,
Hockwold,
Norfolk,
 IP26 4NG.

Telephone: (01842) 828345

Secretary and Treasurer

Mr L K Hardwick,
37 Castle Close,
Weeting,
Brandon, 
Suffolk,
IP27 0RQ.

Telephone: (01842) 811020

Bells are rung for all services. While visiting ringers are welcomed, visits for recreational ringing are carefully limited as regards both frequency and duration

Tower Captain

Ms. S. Annear

Telephone:  (01842) 815430

When there were two Villages, each had a Church:  St Peter's, beside Hockwold Hall was rather the grander of the two, and was the Hockwold Church,  St James' served Wilton. 

From the C17th, however, one Rector  - normally a fellow of Gonville and Caius - served both parishes. The Rectory was roughly equidistant between the churches and a noble avenue of beeches connected all three buildings. 

St. Peter's was declared redundant in the 1970's, St James' then becoming the Parish Church . The organ from St Peter's was transferred to St James' and restored in 1974.  In the same year the present electric clock in the tower of St James was installed, replacing a much earlier mechanical one, the remains of which are still in the bell tower. 

Some guide books on Norfolk churches  were confused about the existence of two churches and in particular of a monument called the Wyche Memorial - this is in St Peters, not St James.

More details are set out in the leaflets produced by the parish. 

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