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There are two churches in Antingham churchyard, St Margaret’s and St Mary’s. St Margaret’s is now a ruin, having been dismantled in 1702, with the proceeds and some materials being used to repair St Mary’s. St Mary’s, the current parish church, dates from about 1330. The whole church was probably built within a period of about 30 years in the Decorated style; there is no clear division between the nave and chancel. The font, of Purbeck Marble, belongs to an earlier period. It is probably not later than 1225 and may have once belonged to St Margaret’s. The church was extensively restored in 1864.
There is fine, painted, pre-Raphaelite glass in the south chancel window, of 1865, from Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co which shows Mary Magdalen and Martha on either side of Our Lady. Mary Magdalen was designed by William Morris, the Virign Mary by Burne-Jones and Martha with her spoon, saucepan and leather bottle by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Burne-Jones was also responsible for the glass in the north chancel window, with angels playing on bells, based upon designs of 1862 for St Michael’s in Brighton. Also dating from the 1860s is the east window with glass by J&J King of Norwich.
There is a fine memorial brass to Richard Calthorpe who died in 1554 “in the first and second years of King Phillip and Queen Mary” and his wife, Anne, who died in 1562. He is shown in full armour; his wife’s brass has been lost but below an inscription is a plate depicting their 19 children.
In 2009 a kitchen and cloakroom extension was built on to the north side of the church. Services follow the Book of Common Prayer. Services (either Morning Prayer or Holy Communion) are usually held on first and third Sundays of the month at 10am.
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