Visitors Are Welcome!
St. Wyston’s Church is open to visitors throughout the year during daylight hours. However, it is closed whilst services are being conducted and also during some special events. Consequently, it may be prudent to check first. The church is steeped in history and is well worth a visit if you are in the area. The website is also full of detailed information that could keep you occupied for some time.
A grade 1 listed building with exceptional history dating back to 600AD. The nave has north and south ailes that were rebuilt in the 13th century and then widened in the 14th century. It has a tall spire which was added in 1340 with a height of approx 65 metres. The tower has eight bells with the eldest bell dating back to 16 century that was cast in Leicester.
Monuments include an alabaster effigy of a knight from around about 1400 and monuments to members of the Thacker family from 1563 and 1710.
The Crypt is open to visitors and was constructed in the 8th century. Originally, built over a spring and thought to have been a baptistery. The crypt is a square chamber with a roof of three rows of three domical vaults supported by two pilasters on each wall and four free-standing pillars at the four corners of the central vault.
Converted into a mausoleum for King Æthelbald of Mercia and later King Wiglaf and his grandson Saint Wigstan were also buried here.
In 1979 just outside the crypt the Repton Stone was discovered.
In the 1980’s there was a mass grave discovered in a mound, which is thought to be associated with the Great Danish Army.
There are many other accounts of archaeological discoveries that can be found on the church website.