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St Wystans Church

 

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  • St Wystan Church, Repton

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  • The crypt of St Wystan's Church is one of the most ancient in the whole of the United Kingdom dating from the early 8th century and originally built to house the Mercian royal family.
  • One of those kings was Wigstan of Mercia, also known as Wystan after whom the church takes the name. It was here that many miracles were said to be associated with the king's remains and he was later made a saint.
  • The crypt was later lost to time and only rediscovered in 1779.
  • Crypt aside, the current church was dedicated in 1241 and dates mostly from the next 150 years when it was expanded by the owners, the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln, with extensive decorated gothic on show throughout and a particularly tall spire of almost 65 metres.
  • By 1513 the church was essentially complete its current form although work continued into the 19th century to rationalise the structure, unintentionally removing many Anglo Saxon traces in the process.

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Renovation Architect
George Gilbert Scott

Reference Data

Reference No.
5805
First Uploaded
02-01-2009
Last Editorial Date
02-01-2009
 

Building Location

Address
High Street, Repton. DE65 6FH
Council
South Derbyshire District Council
County
Derbyshire
Region
East Midlands
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
705
Completion date
1513
Renovation Date
1878
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Gothic

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
64.60
Pinnacle Type
Spire

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship


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