The tower is the oldest part of the church and is mainly made of carr and freestone. The base of the tower is 13th century, the top being built early in the 14th century.

The tower houses six BELLS – five cast in 1767 and one in 1841 – all were recast in 1952 and ring a good peal.  They are rung regularly by a team in the village and by visiting groups of bell ringers.


The CLOCK commemorates Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee (1897) and is still original being hand wound every week by volunteers. 

Much of the church is brick-built  and is part rendered and dates from the 15th Century and built in Perpendicular style architecture, where the intention was to make the church as light as possible, partly so that the wealthy laity (who would have paid for its rebuild) could see to read the religious books which the advent of printing were making more readily available.

The brick south PORCH once had an upper ROOM, accessible from inside the church by a stone spiral staircase – evidence of the parvis floor can be seen; once housing visiting priests and later used as a school room. Over the door are two sets of ARMS in the spandrels of the 15th century on the left are those of the Ingoldisthorp family and on the right are the Howard’s, the family name of the Dukes of Norfolk. Both Family's were the chief contributors to the rebuilding of the church .


During the reign of Henry III in 1225 John de Wiggenhale assumed the name Howard.  His descendant William was knighted in 1278 In 1346 Sir John Howard asked King Edward III for a Royal Charter for Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalene to hold a weekly market on a Friday and a Fayre at St Mary Magdalene's tide.


To the left of the door as you come in can be seen a very old Chest  which had three locks and was leather and iron bound. This is almost certainly a Hanseatic Chest made of pine with a lime wood lid.   It was imported from Gdansk in Poland about 1420


Above the tower door hangs the Royal Arms of George III. 1760-1820. It is signed and dated which is unusual and was painted by Parlett in 1787. This was part of the top of the rood screen until the Victorian restoration in the late 1800’s


Each side of the door and entrance to the Tower   hang  Four PANELS, painted with symbols of the four Evangelists, surviving from the ROODSCREEN which formally stood across the chancel arch. They are Matthew (man), Mark (lion)

Many of the PEWS are 15th century of the Perpendicular period which are simple oak benches with poppy head ends, at the front of the nave are Victorian BOX-PEWS.

The plain octagonal FONT is probably 14th century.

The windows in the north aisle house one of the great features of this church, which is its medieval stained glass. It is said to have been given around 1470 by Isabel, daughter of Sir Edward de Ingoldisthorp and wife of John Neville, Lord Montacute.


The SAINTS depicted are a most unusual selection. It has recently been studied by David King (University of East Anglia) and he has re-identified the representations of saints, correcting some earlier identifications and adding others that were previously unknown. He suggests that the selection of saints is based on those listed in the litanies of the Sarum Breviary. The Sarum Rite was popular in the 15th century and the representation of the saints would have provided a vivid illustration of the litany; providing a focus for the prayers of congregation while it was being sung.

The NAVE ROOF is a fine one. It has arch-braced tie beams and queen posts alternating with short hammer beams with ‘figures’. One is a Bishop wearing a Mitre. The CORBELS supporting the roof have grotesque faces, as do the mounting of the arches of the arcades. The Clerestory Windows are segment headed three light windows helping to bring more light into the church building.

A feature to notice is that the CHANCEL and NAVE do not share a common axis; the chancel is said to “weep” to the north. The reason for this may be that the chancel was not built ‘square’ and that when the nave was added it was built at right angles to the chancel arch.

The PULPIT is Victorian and exhibits some fine oak wood carving, whilst the brass eagle LECTERN dates from 1904, in memory of the Revd. Fredrick Davies.


The CHANCEL ROOF is probably Victorian; until 1937 it was covered by a lathe and plaster ceiling. The EAST WINDOW, unlike the others, has intersecting ‘Y’ tracery, characteristic of the early 14th century;  this shows that the chancel was built about 1300 and that the other windows in the nave and aisles and probably much of its walls, are later.


The COMMANDMENT BOARDS on the north wall are probably 18th century; they formerly flanked the altar. It is thought that this board was painted about the same time as the George III Coat of Arms Board.  So it could have been the same artist / painter.

The ALTAR TABLE is Stuart (17th Century) and the Panelling along the east wall of the chancel is of the same period.


An original medieval ALTER SLAB is set into the floor in front of the Alter Table it is largely covered by a carpet, but has the five consecration crosses, symbolic of the five wounds of Christ, that were anointed with Holy Oil at its consecration. It was taken down about 1560 and used as a paving slab. In the south wall are three SEDILIA. (seats for the priests to use during certain parts of the Mass). A PISCINA (for washing the chalice after Mass) and another AUMBRY.

The Funeral Bier was made in the year 1911 for the Parishes of Wiggenhall of St Peter’s,  St German’s and St Mary the Virgin to mark the Coronation of King George V.

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tea/coffe and a mardle

3rd Wednesday of the month

Starting on the 21st February in the church

Would you like to go somewhere for a cup of tea or coffee, a piece of cake and a chat?

Why not join us on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, in the church?

It will only cost you £.  Bring your knitting, embroidery, drawing pad if you wish.

Open to all ages.  Look forward to seeing you there.

bible study

1st friday of the month

On Friday evenings we have started on a journey to deepen our knowledge of our faith and in particular what the Bible teaches us. Chris, Alan and Stevie have once more arranged some classes for us, this time to explore parts of the Bible as a group.


Our first class was all about Philippians. For those of you that do not know (me being one of them) this book of the Bible is made up of letters from Paul to the people of Phillipi which he writes whilst in captivity.

If you are interested please contact Alan (01553 810796).

Our next meeting is on 5th January, why not come along and join us - it's a very interesting evening.

'How can we become better at thanking God for those in our own lives and the lives of the Church


For this one we talked about how we pray. Quite often we can forget to thank God at all in our prayers and they can become something of a wish list. Chris then told us how she taught her students ACTS when writing and saying prayers:



Thanks giving



‘I am confident that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ?’ How would it change us in the Church if we were to put our trust in this?


Wow – I think we are all guilty of not trusting in God at one time or another. The power of prayer is evident but does not stop us doubting from time to time when things do not go our way.


4th monday of the month

(Magdalen Young People’s Activities & Discussion)

6.30-8.00pm in the church

For young people aged 9+, who enjoy meeting people of a similar age to have meaningful discussions, learn more about Jesus Christ and do some activities to reinforce the theme for the day.  There is always chocolate biscuits and hot chocolate.

If you are interested please contact Chris (01553 810385)

bell ringing

every thursday at 2pm

The Bells are rung thirty minutes before every service. Bell Ringing Practice takes place most Thursdays at 2.00 – 3.00pm in the Church tower. All ringers and those wishing to learn to ring are welcome.


We have six bells which are often referred to as ‘giving a fine peal’.


The Captain of the Tower is Mr Peter Gagen 01553 810509.

Easter Cracked is a one day event held on (or about) Maundy Thursday to help 6-11 year olds understand the true meaning of Easter.  We use the media of various activities, including, singing, games, craft and drama.  During the day we will rehearse a short Celebration Service, which the young people will perform to parents and families at 2pm, after which tea, coffee and hot cross buns will be served


‘SUMMER FUN’ has a different theme each year and runs from the Monday to the Thursday in the 2nd week of August, from 10am to 2pm, and on the final day at 2pm we have a Final Celebration from 2pm to 3pm when the children will present to friends, family and our regular congregation what they have been doing.   After the celebration refreshments will be served. Registration forms will be available from the Village Hall or the Church from the end of May. The cost for each day is £5.00 per child per day and we ask that the young people bring their own packed lunches (drinks and biscuits will be provided).  It doesn't matter if you are not able to attend all 4 days as each are separate events within one theme.

A selection of photographs from Easter cracked 2018

Easter Cracked 2019 date to be arranged.

What do you want to know?

Is the Church open

all the time?

Magdalene Church is open from 8am to 4pm for visitors and/or private prayer, to look around or just to sit.

When are the services?

Every Sunday at 11am.

2nd & 4th Sunday - Family Service, followed by

refreshments and fellowship,

all are welcome to join us;

1st (& 5th) Sunday– Morning Service;

3rd Sunday – Holy Communion

Are you Disabled-Friendly?

Yes, as you can see from the photograph  - - no step.

We also have a hearing loop, large print books (or hymn sheets) and gluten free wafers available for Holy Communion.  So please ask if you need these.

Is there a toilet, or a baby changing facility?

Yes we have a toilet suitable for wheelchair users, and a baby changing station.

Are you child friendly?

Yes, children are welcome at all services. We have two ‘child-friendly’ Family Services a month, there are also boxes of toys, colouring books and teddys for  use by children in all our services.

How do I know when to stand

or sit, or what to do or say?

In the Family Service all the instructions are in the service book and the service leader will announce hymn numbers.

In the other services, the service leader will announce page numbers.

If you would like to sit with someone

who knows ‘what to do’ please ask

and we will arrange it.

Where can I sit?

No seats (pews) are specifically reserved for anyone.  But the ones at the front are kept for those leading the services.

Do I have to pay?

There is a collection taken at every service, but no amount is too small to give.

"I moved to the area last year and thought I should experience a Church service as this wonderful building was within walking distance of my house. Bearing in mind I really hadn't attended Church for decades, other than the occasional service at Christmas, I was assuming that one service at Magdalen Church would be enough!  How wrong I was. From the first moment I set foot in the Church, I received a warm welcome and all notions of a stuffy or serious service were banished. 


The Family Service is very special. I do not have children but. for me, I can feel the friendship within the congregation as one big family. A warm welcome from Alan and Chris and their delightful Pomeranian dogs put you at ease straight away. The Family Service has lots of laughs with "performances" bringing Bible Readings to life and the congregation is encouraged to learn about each other through our "homework" (which helps us to appreciate our lives at the same time). 


It could never, ever be described as a "boring Church service". We laugh, we chat, we hear about members of the congregation, we sing badly (other than Alan, whose voice is a treat). We make friends. Plus, to top it off, we have tea and homemade cake afterwards!


I look forward to going. My only struggle now is that I am arguing with my husband who wants me to attend Classic Car Shows on Sundays that clash with Family Service!"                                                                        Jo Moss (Magdalene village)