St Mary's Church
Sunday's at St Mary's, Crimplesham
About St Mary's, Crimplesham
Crimplesham is a small village. Our congregation is small but diverse in terms of age with children through to older members. The church seats about 60 people.
It is likely our church has been witness to the Christian faith since before 1066.
Blomefield’s ‘History of Norfolk’ describes it as being ‘a single pile, with a chancel covered in reed, and built of the coarse stone found in the neighbourhood. It has a square tower, embattled with five large bells.’ The Church sits on a small raised area of land at the south eastern end of the village. The building is mostly from the late medieval period, the walls built with carrstone & flint. The South door is an impressive Norman structure with the remains of a “Mass Sundial” (made redundant by the building of a porch in the 17th. Century) etched to the right of the frame. There was a major restoration in 1870, and the interior is mainly Victorian. Further alterations, such as heating and electricity were added in following years.
The National Bell Tower Registry says that Crimplesham has a ring of 5 bells (full-circle ring) and that the tenor bell (the heaviest and number 5) weighs 706lb, or 320kg, is in note “B”, has a diameter of 32.25” and is dated 1798. The bells were last overhauled by John Taylor & Co. in 1838.