Reepham churches :: Shared Description

Reepham once had three churches almost touching each other, and two still stand.
The main church is Saint Mary's, attached to this is St Michael's. The third church, All Saints' Hackford, was destroyed by fire in 1543 and the remnants mostly demolished in 1796. There is a small portion of the porch still extant opposite St Michael's tower.

St Michael's church was the parish church of Whitwell until 1935 when the three parishes were amalgamated. It is now mainly used as a church hall. It has a tall west tower, nave, south porch and chancel which is linked to St Mary's church via a passageway.
The tower is of two stages with battlements and pinnacles. Most of the church dates from the 14th and 15th century and has been recently converted into a church hall.
At the east end there is a stained-glass window by Reginald Frampton.

Saint Mary's church is a Grade I listed church dating from the 14th century, with a major restoration done in 1885. It is built of flint with a black pantile roof.
There is a nave, north aisle, south porch, south tower (offset from the nave), south aisle and chancel. The clerestory was removed and the nave roof rebuilt circa 1790.
The north arcade dates from the 14th century and has four bays with octagonal piers. The south arcade dates from the 13th century and also has four bays.
The chancel was rebuilt during the Victorian restoration. On the north wall there is a monument probably to Roger de Kerdiston, died 1337. He lies on a bed of pebbles and there are eight weepers below. There is also a brass to Sir William de Kurdiston (d. 1391) and his wife Cecily.

There is a Norman font of Purbeck marble from around 1200 at the west end of the church. Some of the bench ends have poppy heads with mediaeval animal carvings.

There is a small organ and some stained glass windows.

At the west end there is a linking passage to St Michaelís church.


by Julian P Guffogg
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TG1022 : Stained glass window, St Mary's church, Reepham by Julian P Guffogg
TG1022 : St Mary's & St Michel's church, Reepham by Julian P Guffogg
TG1022 : Church Hill, Reepham by Geographer
TG1022 : Interior, St Mary's church, Reepham by J.Hannan-Briggs
TG1022 : Memorial brass, St Mary's church, Reepham by Julian P Guffogg
TG1022 : Stained glass window, St Michael's church, Reepham by Julian P Guffogg
TG1022 : Stained glass window, St Mary's church,  Reepham by Julian P Guffogg
TG1022 : Font, St Mary's church, Reepham by Julian P Guffogg
TG1022 : Tomb of Sir Roger de Kerdiston, St Mary's church, Reepham by Julian P Guffogg
TG1022 : Organ, St Mary's church, Reepham by Julian P Guffogg
TG1022 : St. Mary's Church, Reepham by Geographer
TG1022 : St. Michael's Church, Reepham by Geographer
TG1022 : East window, St Mary's church, Reepham by Julian P Guffogg


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Created: Mon, 27 Jun 2016, Updated: Sat, 2 Jul 2016

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