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The Church of St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham - door

This is the famous church at Sandringham, where the Queen and the royal family go to on Christmas Day each year. They walk from Sandringham House, through the gates to here.


There was a lot of tourists here, some also taking photos of it.


Door on the right.


The Church of St Mary Magdalene is a Grade II* listed building.


Parish church, medieval, restored by S.S. Teulon 1855 and A. Blomfield 1890.

Dark shell carstone with stone dressings, tiled roof. West tower, nave,

chancel and south porch; additions of south transept, north aisle and organ

bay, vestibule to south chancel. Tower with stepped diagonal buttresses,

embattled parapet with carstone flushwork, crocketted finials, gargoyle to

south; polygonal turret to south-east; west window of 3 lights with panel

tracery under basket head, retangular sound holes, segmental headed

traceried double square bell openings and clock face of 1898 to all 4 faces.

C15 2 storeyed porch with diagonal buttresses, 4-centred arch with round

shafts part renewed, carstone flushwork to either side, central tall niche

above with ogee head, flanking trefoil headed lights; single trefoil headed

lights to porch returns. Porch interior: roof renewed, floor to upper

storey lost, reset marble slab now mural with brass arms and inscription

to Wm. Cobbis, 1546; south doorway with continuous moulded 4-centred arch.

South nave window of 3 lights with panel tracery under 4-centred head.

South transept of 1890 with similar window reset, both with figure stops;

C19 2-light window with panel tracery to east of transept. South chancel

with C19 single light with tracery of 2 daggers. Vestibule c1896 across

priests door, in carstone with stone embattled parapet, 2-light window to

left, door to right, vestibule the private entrance of H.M. Queen. C19 set

back angle buttresses to chancel, 3-light window with panel tracery, 1909.

C19 additions to north: vestry with embattled parapet, 2-bay north aisle

with 2 gables and window as south aisle, gabled organ bay with blocked

doorway, all with diagonal buttresses. C19 gable crosses to porch, chancel

and nave. Interior: arch braced nave roof with angel corbels, gilded

bosses and quatrefoil frieze of 1921; continuous 4-centred arches to 2 bay

north arcade and to south transept of 1890; arch in north aisle between

bays; chamfered chancel arch with polygonal jambs, painted hammerbeam chancel

roof of 1890; tall tower arch with continuous roll and wave mouldings;

panelling to nave, C15 style painted panelling to chancel with Gothick

canopies and saints of 1920, panelling to tower with gilded frieze and

angels. C15 glass of saints in tracery panels of south window and north

west window of aisle, some C17 glass in north aisle. Silver reredos of 1911

showing the Appearance of the Risen Christ inscribed "IN MEMORY OF EDWARD

VII THE PEACEMAKER", silver altar of 1920 incorporating the Royal achievement;

metal rails with silver angels; Wineglass pulpit of 1924 with silver panels;

10 relief rondels around walls depicting members of the Royal family from

Princess Alice 1879 to King George VI in bronze 1952. P. Ashton: A Guide

to Church of St. Mary Magdelene, Sandringham, 1957 Pitkin Pictorial.


Church of St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham - Heritage Gateway

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Taken on April 18, 2010