Redenhall: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Redenhall

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St. Mary's is the Mother church of the parish of Redenhall cum Harleston and Wortwell - there may have been a church here c.1000-1100 and in the early 1300s the present chancel was built.  Though old, St. Mary's is very much alive with its Friends and Bellringing Society.
When a new heating system was put in during the 19th Century, the lines of an earlier church were discovered beneath the nave arcades and chancel step, also clear evidence that it had had a round tower, possibly of Saxon or Norman date.  In 1620 "The Mayflower" sailed for America,carrying the Pilgrim Fathers, including Thomas and Samuel Fuller of Redenhall.  Today we welcome several Fuller descendants each year who come to trace their ancestors.

1842-3. The G.M.Holdich organ was erected on a gallery at the west end.  For those who know of such things, this is worth a visit in itsself.

There is The GAWDY FAMILY CHAPEL (mid 1500s) with its triple squareheaded window and its own entrance with the tortoise badge of the Gawdys above.

Of great note is the double headed eagle brass lectern, thought to be one of only three in the country.

There is a church guide available detailing many more aspects of the church worth viewing.

Parish boundary view Bird's eye view

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Revd Nigel Tuffnell
The Rectory,
10 Swan Lane,
Norfolk IP20 9AN
(01379) 308905 (Rector) or 01379 851148 (Baptism, Wedding & Funeral Enquiries)

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Holy Communion (BCP)
Every first Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Book of Common Prayer
Morning Prayer BCP
Every fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Book of Common Prayer
Evening Prayer 6pm Summer, 4pm Winter
This service changes times, 6pm summer and 4pm winter.
4pm during GMT, 6pm during BST
Every third Sunday at 4:00 PM for ¾ hour
Refreshments Book of Common Prayer


Bell ringing practice
Open to all. More information contact Lindy Ellis 01986 788326
Every Thursday at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours
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Remembrance Service
At Wortwell War Memorial
Sunday 12th November 2017 at 3:00 PM for ½ hour
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 4:00 PM for ½ hour
Carols by Candlelight
with the Salvation Army band
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Christmas Communion
Monday 25th December 2017 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour


(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 10199
Built: 1319-26
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Bishop of Norwich
Archdeaconry: NORFOLK (262)
Deanery: REDENHALL (26206)
Benefice: Redenhall with Scole (26/345CL)
Parish Legal Name: Redenhall with Harleston and Wortwell (260422 )
CofE Church Info: (626422 26/422)
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The current editor is: Lucy Elton

This page was last updated on Friday 29th September 2017
Redenhall: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary : High Road, Redenhall, Norfolk, IP20 9QS

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