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. Occasionally, services are held at the church. When this happens the dates will be shown below.

Group Sung Eucharist (Holy Communion)

Please be advised of the following Church services:

  • Sung Eucharist 1st Sunday of the month. 11:00 am – Tunstead, conducted by the Rev. Liz Jump Rector of Wroxham.


  • TBA

Evensong starts at 4:00pm in winter, and 6:30pm in Summer.

For more information please see the board outside the church.

Please note: There is other services held at churches nearby, such as:

  • St Mary, Wroxham
  • St Peter, Hoveton
  • St John, Hoveton
  • St Mary, Tunstead
  • St Peter, Belaugh

Church Calendar

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


Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals

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 baptism of a child. To commemorate these or to arrange a funeral please use the following contact details.

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:
Mrs Barbara Wharton 01603 738958
Mr John Carter 01692 536380

Services held locally 

When there are no services held at St Mary’s Church, Tunstead, other churches in the Wroxham benefice will welcome the parishioners of Tunstead to their churches. Services held locally at:

  • St Mary’s, Wroxham
  • St Peter, Hoveton
  • St John, Hoveton
  • St Mary, Tunstead
  • St Peter, Belaugh

Other church services held in the area are:

St Bartholomew’s Church, Sloley
Sung Eucharist

St Mary’s Church, Worsted
1st Sunday of the month – All age act of Worship – 9:15am
3rd Sunday of the month – Holy Communion – 9:15am

St Mary’s Church, Tunstead joined the Wroxham benefice in the Spring of 2018. The first service will be held at St Mary’s pm April 8th. The service starts at 10:00 am. All are welcome.

The Wroxham Benefice is made up of the parishes of:

  • St Mary’s, Wroxham
  • St Peter, Hoveton
  • St John, Hoveton
  • St Mary, Tunstead
  • St Peter, Belaugh

The Benefice is a group of inclusive churches and all are very welcome to join any of the services at any of the churches.

The Rector is:
The Revd. Liz Jump
Tel. 01603784150

Associate Priests:
Revd. Fr Tim Gosden
Tel. 07500864929

Revd. Barry Furness

reviewed 6/04/18