Church of England Diocese of St.Edmundsbury & Ipswich Wissington

Wissington, St Mary the Virgin

Dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, this 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.

Get in touch

Nicola Thorogood

Newtons Farm, Wissington, Nayland, Colchester

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Simple Holy Communion

Every Sunday at 9 a.m. for 45m

Nayland, St James
High Street
United Kingdom

As we slowly begin to reopen our churches for regular public worship, one of the first services will be a simple said Holy Communion Service.

For the time being there will be no singing, peace or even coffee afterwards and Communion will be in "one kind only". You will also note that there will be strict hygiene measures in place which will include hand sanitizing, a record of attendance for "Track and Trace" purposes, 2m safe distancing rules, as well as a limit on the numbers who can attend.

In accordance with Government advice, those who are currently shielding, or isolating, including those over 70 should consider carefully if it is safe and appropriate for them to attend at this time (our Online service will continue at 10am for those at home).

If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 YOU MUST NOT ATTEND.

It would be helpful if you would call (01206 262150) or email ([email protected]) Revd Mark if you were intending to come (and advising how many from your household will join you) so that at least initially we can ensure that there will be sufficient space to accommodate you safely.

Eucharist/Holy Communion Common Worship Event held in a Church

Bishop Martin has today announced that Revd Mark will be leaving this Benefice to take up a new post in the Diocese.

18 Oct 2020, 6 p.m.
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