St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary the Virgin

St. Mary's Church, Tunstead shrouded in Mist

Photo courtesy: Brokentako

Tunstead has been a place where local people have worshipped before the Norman Conquest and the current church itself dates back to c. 1327. St Mary the Virgin stands slightly away and to the North-East of Market Street (the main street through Tunstead) although, paradoxically, is situated in the centre of the village boundary.

St. Mary's Church, TunsteadThe church is still active and St. Mary’s has a dedicated community within the village who come together for worship and reflection as well as holding various events such as the Flower & Photographic festival. The church also continues to host weddings. One of the parishioners will be married in the church in the early Summer of 2017.

History of the Church

Simon Knot’s website contains an excellent description of Tunstead Church and the history of Tunstead’s St. Mary the Virgin church and it’s Rood Screens can also be found here.


St. Mary’s provides a focus for worship and private devotion.

Sung Group Eucharist (Holy Communion)

  • Sunday 22nd October
  • Sunday 3rd December

These services start at 10.30am


  • Sunday 19th November

This service starts at 4:00pm

For more information please see the board outside the church.

Please note: There is other services held at churches within the Worstead Church Group; Scottow, Sloley, Swanton Abbot, Westwick, and Worstead.

Church Calendar

Below is a list of special events and services held at the church.

Saturday 9th September.
The Norfolk Churches Trust – family cycle fun day – Bike Ride, horse, car, or walk. Money raised is given 50/50 between the Norfolk Churches Trust and St. Mary’s Church.

The Church will be manned between 0900 and 1700hrs offering refreshments etc.

Sponsor forms and full information from John Carter (01692 536380) or Barbara Wharton 01603 738958 or in the Church.

– Sunday 1st October.
Harvest Festival 1830hrs followed by optional cheese & wine supper £4 per head.
The bell ringers are expected to attend tbc.

– Sunday 19th November.
Craft Fair in aid of the Tunstead village hall fund and the church funds.

– Sunday 17th December.
Carol Service 1830hrs followed by seasonal refreshments – mulled wine, mince pies etc.

Marriages and Christenings

Church of St. Mary's, Tunstead

The church is licensed for the solemnization of Christian Marriage and welcomes the opportunity to share in celebrating the birth or christening of a child.


Contact Details

To contact the churchwarden or for details of other contacts for St. Mary’s church please refer to the Church of England Diocese of Norwich page for Tunstead.

Or to contact a church official directly, please call: 01692 536380

reviewed 27/8/17