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Weeting

St Mary's Church, Weeting

We pride ourselves at Weeting CE Primary School on reflecting The Church of England's Vision for Education.

For years,  Weeting CE Primary School and The Church of England have been providing an Education for the children of Weeting and the surrounding area. Much has changed over the years but being the link between the school, the community and St Mary's Church remains as steadfast as ever. In Matthew 7:24, the Bible tells us that  “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” 

The current incumbent of this beautiful church is Mother Joan Horan who is supported by Reverend Juanita Hawthorn. 

Both Mother Joan and Reverend Juanita are regular visitors to our school and help us lead our services in Church and in School. 

History of St Mary's

St Mary the Virgin Church, with its round tower containing two bells, is adjacent to the ruined 12th century Weeting Castle and stands on the north eastern edge of the village facing open agricultural land.   Its origins are 11th or 12th century, with some 14th century work but the whole building received a total renovation in the 19th century by John Angerstein, the owner of Weeting Hall. The Hall was demolished in the 1950s.

To the visitor, the first impression might be that this is an example of a Victorian Church, however this is not borne out by closer inspection.   The part of the building which looks to be mediaeval is the Chancel with its five light east window and its two light south window plus a similar one blocked up on the north side, all of the Decorated period. These windows are of reticulated tracery though the head of the east window is broken by an octofoiled circle. There are internal niches to the North and South of the East window.  The North nave arcade is of four bays with piers with four principal and four secondary shafts. In the South side of the nave the windows are of the Perpendicular period and have stepped embattled transoms.  The roofs are Victorian as are most of the fixtures and fittings. However there are some fifteenth century benchends as well as two double Piscinas, one pair in the Chancel and the other pair in the Lady Chapel, to the north of the east window.  Of particular interest is the large East window, installed in 1900 by Mr. George Parlby on the instructions of Mrs. Hall, the last owner of Weeting Hall.  The window was completely renovated by the descendants of Mrs. Hall and rededicated by Anthony, Bishop of Ely on 23rd April 2005.  The font is of a very early date, octagonal and perfectly plain, standing on an octagonal plinth and it is believed that the font was recovered from a disused Church, located in the nearby battle training ground.  A large family vault containing seven members of the Angerstein family is located within the Church.