Church of England Diocese of Norwich Whissonsett

Whissonsett Church

Welcome to St Mary's Church, Whissonsett.

Church open, daily to visitors.

This is a medieval church that might once have housed two small north and south aisles in its now very broad and light-filled nave. By contrast the chancel presents a subtle aura dappled with Victorian stained-glass light.

A key feature is the millennium-old, Saxon-era wheel-head cross with its Celtic-style carved knotwork design. It is a survivor of its kind unique in Norfolk, having lain safely buried under turf for many centuries until discovered by chance by a gravedigger in the early 20th century. It forms part of our Upper Wensum Benefice logo.

There are small examples of surviving medieval stained glass in the west window. 

The church's six bells are rung regularly.


[The Upper Wensum Benefice, which includes Whissonsett Church, is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Norwich’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.]

You're invited

You are very welcome at our Advent and Christmas services and events – bring your family and friends or come along on your own. Whether it will be your first time at church or you have been before, we look forward to welcoming you!

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Whissonsett for a new Millennium!

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'Revd Robin' Stapleford

Carol Service

for 1 hour
Whissonsett Church
Off the High Street Whissonsett Norfolk, NR20 5AP, GB

With the Bishop of Lynn, Rt Revd Jane Steen.
Everyone welcome.

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‘Blessed are the saints who are in the land, those in whom is all my delight.’