In the above photo of a Good Friday procession, the church tower rises above Harvest House, and on the far left (next to the World's End and behind a white van) is the Chapel.
CHURCH & CHAPEL
We have no idea when Christianity first reached Mulbarton, but we do know there has been a church here for more than 900 years - at least since the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042-1066). Certainly a church is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
A TRAGIC TALE THAT (may have) BUILT A CHURCH
The story goes that Thomas de St. Omer, who inherited the Lordship of the Manor from his father at the end of the 13th century (see below), claimed various privileges, including 'liberty of Infangthef' - that is, the right to pass judgement for theft committed within the jurisdiction of his Manor. He set up a gallows as a warning. In 1285, Walter Godwyne of [East] Carleton was convicted of felony by Nicolas de Monuer of Carleton, was tried by the Court Lete of the Manor, condemned and hanged in Mulbarton - but Thomas had no grant from the King, or traditional right, so 'it was ordered that he should be disseized of such liberty and the gallows pulled down'. It is said that Thomas de St Omer built - or perhaps restored - the church as a penance to atone for this murder.