Church of St Mary the Virgin, Wiggenhall, Norfolk

Address: Church Road, Wiggenhall, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 3EJ
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Open daily during the summer, 10.00am - 4.00pm. From 1st October to 1st of March, open at weekends only.
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Carved saints and a broken heart

St Mary stands in a watery landscape next to an orchard by the River Ouse. Green stained glass casts light on row upon row of carved benches, featuring lively little wooden saints and figures in amazingly detailed dress.

The font cover, too, is a fine piece of carving, dating from the Jacobean period. Saints also feature in brilliant coloured panels on the Medieval screen, and there are some wonderful life-size marbles of local nobles.

In the south chapel, a brass the shape of a heart commemorates Sir Robert Kervile who died abroad. His grieving wife sent a monk to retrieve his heart, and it lies buried here.

There is a lovely sundial over the porch entrance.

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Road directions

5 miles south of King’s Lynn off A47 or A10; once in village the church is signed at bottom of lane to church, which is set behind Wiggenhall House; public footpath through yard at the side of the house

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: King's Lynn (5 miles).

OS Reference No.

TF 582 144

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.







PDF iconNorfolk County Guide (PDF, 4.8mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Norfolk. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. carolynn langley (25 Aug 2011, 22:26)

    This beautiful church is well worth a visit, it is well kept.

  2. Anonymous (07 Nov 2011, 17:33)

    Entering on a late Autumn afternoon was like time travel! it was as if the congregation had left a couple of hundred years ago and not returned. The dusty Bible, the life size marble knight and his lady and the fascinating carved figures on the pew ends made me feel like I was touching history.

  3. Natalie Gibson (25 May 2012, 21:25)

    This beautiful church is set in an idyllic setting in the heart of rural Norfolk. Outside, there is abundant wildlife, and the sunset views across the fens at the end of the churchyard are priceless. Inside, the pew ends are beautifully carved and well preserved, the font cover and screen are memorable, and the atmosphere is truly peaceful.

    Other items of interest are over 30 different varieties of daffodils and narcissi in the spring, and several buddleias attracting many different species of butterflies (some of them rare) are in bloom in the summer. There is also a small plant stall on the drive leading up to the church (however please note the proceeds for this are for UNICEF not the Churches Conservation Trust, please use the donation box inside the church instead).

  4. N Brewerton (03 Sep 2012, 15:18)

    Not one, but two, Small Tortoiseshell butterflies (on the endangered species list) spotted today on the buddleia collection on the drive to the church.

  5. Alan Grove (19 Sep 2012, 17:28)

    After the expanse of the fens a little wooded glade was very welcome. We have visited 150 CCT churches and the bench ends here are amongst the finest we have seen.

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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Wiggenhall, Norfolk

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.