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.

Group Sung Eucharist (Holy Communion)

  • Sunday 11th February 10.30
  • Sunday 11th March 10.30

Sung Eucharist starts at 10.30am


  • Sunday 18th February 4pm
  • Sunday 18th March 4pm

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 Scottow, Sloley, Swanton Abbot, Westwick, and Worstead.

Interregnum update
Twelve months have passed since the retirement of Father Anthony and we are now experiencing the first signs of the break up of the long standing group. The Rev Paul Cubitt, vicar of North Walsham, was commissioned on 19th October as acting Priest in Charge of Worstead with Westwick prior to the parishes becoming members of the North Walsham Benefice. North Walsham clergy will commence service sat Worstead on Advent Sunday, 3rd December at 9:15am. Meanwhile Tunstead are in discussions with the Archdeacon on the amalgamation with a Broadland benefice, whilst Sloley and Swanton Abbot are in talks with King’s Beck benefice. – John Wild (from the St Benet’s at Waxham and Tunstead Deanery Digest).

Church Calendar

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

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

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 Deanery will welcome the parishioners of Tunstead to their churches. Services held locally at:

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

reviewed 9/12/17