The Sandringham Group of Churches

A lively and welcoming Group in North West Norfolk, comprising the Parish Churches of Castle Rising, Flitcham, Hillington, Sandringham, West Newton and Wolferton.

History of St Mary the Virgin

St. Marys Church side view
St. Marys Church
Stained Glass Window close up of Nativity
Stained Glass Window
Full length image of the stained glass window
Full-length stained glass window
Church Service

There has been a church here for many centuries, perhaps before the Norman conquest, although there is no mention of it in the Domesday Book.  Much of the present building dates back to the 15th century and is constructed of un-coursed flint with some Sandringham sandstone and carr stone quarried from Sandringham Estate.  The Nave and South Aisle were re-built in 1824 with the Chancel and North Trancept being restored in 1892.  The great treasure of the church is the 1756 organ built by Snetzler- this was originally in the National Society’s training college before being gifted to Hillington in 1857.  The organ is unusual in that the sharps are white and the naturals black.

St. Marys Church at sunset
St. Marys Church at Sunset
St. Marys Church at sunset
St. Marys Church at sunset