Wissington, St Mary the Virgin, Wissington (Wiston)

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A small, charming eleventh century Norman church (Grade 1 listed) standing near the River Stour (AONB) with a notable ornamented south door, fine Norman chancel arch, and unique C15 font. Gifted to Cluniac monks in the reign of Henry I (1100-35), the interior has a cycle of wall paintings dating from about 1280 which includes an early depiction of St Francis of Assisi and an unusual nativity sequence similar to that found in Autun Cathedral (Burgundy, French Romanesque, 1120-46). This quiet church escaped much of the religious turbulence found elsewhere in the C16 and C17 but by 1800 was in decline. A vigorous programme of restoration and alteration was begun in 1853 by Revd Charles Birch which added an apsidal chancel and a Norman-styled reading desk and pulpit. The east window by Wilmshurst and Oliphant (c.1852-55) is the only known example in Suffolk of work by these celebrated stained glass artists. A fine C15 dragon painting adorns the north wall and a rare working barrel organ can be found beyond the font. Extensive work on the tower, the re-hanging of three bells and the total interior redecoration has been achieved by determined and enthusiastic Friends in the last fifteen years. The BBC Radio 4 series This Sceptred Isle recommended that listeners visit this much loved parish church. The Crown has retained the gift of its living since 1525. Visitors are asked to park only in the designated area. For a history of the parish see Is it Wiston or Wissington? by Rosemary Knox (2012), available in the church.

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Nicola Thorogood
In the first instance please contact our Benefice Administrator:
Nicola Thorogood
Newtons Farm, Wissington, Nayland, Colchester CO6 4LX
(t) 01206 262453
(e) nicola.church@yahoo.com

For pastoral support or assistance please contact:
The Revd. Mark Woodrow (Priest in Charge)
St James Vicarage, Bear Street, Nayland CO6 4LA
(t) 01206 262150
(e) revdmarkwoodrow@gmail.com


The Revd.Val Armstrong (Assistant Priest - SSM)
(t) 01206 262814
(e) mrsvarmstrong@hotmail.com
Please note that Val is 'off duty' during the 4th week of the month

01206262453 (Nicola Thorogood - Benefice Administrator) or 01206262150 (The Revd Mark Woodrow - Priest in Charge)
01206 262453 (Church Warden) or 01206262150 (The Revd Mark Woodrow - Priest in Charge)

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Christmas Eve Holy Communion
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship
Christmas Day Family Eucharist
Monday 25th December 2017 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
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Morning Prayer
A service of hymns, prayers and readings for all the family
Every first Sunday at 10:00 AM for ½ hour
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Holy Communion
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Every second Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer
Traditional language (Order 2).
Every fourth Sunday at 6:30 PM for 40 minutes
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Deanery Synod
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 7:30 PM for 2 hours
Christmas Eve Holy Communion
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship
Christmas Day Family Eucharist
Monday 25th December 2017 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2035
Built: By 12th century
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Lord Chancellor Diocesan Board of Patronage
Archdeaconry: IPSWICH (331)
Deanery: HADLEIGH (33103)
Benefice: Nayland w Wiston (33/221 P)
Parish Legal Name: Wissington (330071 )
CofE Church Info: (633071 33/71)
Short URL: acny.uk/2035/
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This page was last updated on Monday 6th November 2017
Wissington, St Mary the Virgin : United Kingdom, Wissington (Wiston), Suffolk, CO6 4LX - From the A134 turn onto Wiston Road and continue straight ahead to join Bures Road. At The Pound House corner bear left and follow the lane to the car park at Newtons Farm. Priest-in-Charge: Revd Mark Woodrow.

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