Essendine Church - St. Mary Magdalene, Essendine

History Of The Essendine Church

Essendine once had a C12th moated wooden castle. The Essendine church sits at the edge of the site, on the banks of the castle moat. The moat is usually dry, but after prolonged rain it fills from the adjacent West Glen river and the church has flooded several times.

The Essendine church comprises a chancel and nave. It dates back to the C12th with C13th additions. It has no tower, but a bell-cote, another Rutland idiosyncracy. The door is believed to date from 1130-40, but some historians think it is Saxon. It is possible that it came from another disused or ruined church.

Over the door is a carving of Christ in Majesty supported by angels on either side. Its primitive nature suggests Saxon origins.

The church is open during daylight hours

Recent Essendine Church News

St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – March 2023

Greetings from St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine. I hope you are all keeping well and managing to stay warm and dry. As I write, the cold frosty mornings have returned. How uplifting to see blue skies and sunshine. It is good to see signs of Spring in the gardens and

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News from the Village of Essendine – March 2023

VILLAGE HALL AGM : This will be held on Thursday March 9th at 6.30pm in the village hall. This year we are hoping to recruit new members for the committee, as two members have resigned due to health issues and moving house! The committee are keen to try and encourage younger members of

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – Feb 2023

I hope you are all well and managing to stay warm. It has been a cold, wet and gloomy January. I’m sure we are all looking forward to the arrival of Spring. Please keep warm and be careful in this cold weather and look out for your friends and neighbours.

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – Jan 2023

A Happy New Year to you all and a huge thank you to everyone who has supported and visited St Mary Magdalene’s Church during 2022. I hope you are all keeping well and managed to enjoy a wonderful Christmas. To our friends from Ukraine, we send special seasonal greetings. A

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News from the Village of Essendine – Jan 2023

WANTED! Essendine village hall is looking for a cleaner/ caretaker for approximately 4 hours per week. The person needs to be flexible with the hours required, as hirings in the hall are different every week. No special skills, just a willingness and pride in keeping our hall looking good! Good

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine Dec 2022

Season’s Greetings from St Mary’s church, Essendine. I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy, and peaceful Christmas.  ‘‘God, our refuge and strength, bring near the day when wars shall cease and poverty and pain shall end, that earth may know the peace of heaven through Jesus

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