Reepham & Wensum Valley Team Churches - at the Heart of the Community


The historic and large medieval church of St Mary’s, Elsing was built in the 14 th century and proudly stands over the village. Built to a single plan in decorated gothic style by its founder and local knight, Sir Hugh Hastings who died in 1347, the nave is without pillars or aisles.

Sir Hugh is buried here and commemorated by a long brass figure in full armour which is of national importance. The single stemmed octagonal font is 14th century and highly decorated with figures in the niches around it. The font canopy is believed to be the oldest of its kind still in existence. There are five bells in the tower which are no longer rung.

In contrast to the large church, Elsing is a small village, with a population of about 240. There is a good community spirit and it is a friendly place to live in with a well-equipped village hall, a popular pub and the church all within a hundred yards of each another.


Due to Covid-19 and measures to stem the spread of the virus many of our church buildings remain closed. St Mary’s, Elsing remains closed at this time. We will update this page when the churches are reopened for private prayer and public worship. In the meantime, please join us in worship online at our virtual church.

Activities, Services & Events

Sun 09

Private Prayer: Elsing

August 9 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 13

Private Prayer: Elsing

August 13 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun 16

Private Prayer: Elsing

August 16 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 20

Private Prayer: Elsing

August 20 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun 23

Private Prayer: Elsing

August 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Our church buildings in the Reepham and Wensum Valley Benefice are as individual as the people who have worshipped in them for hundreds of years. They each hold many interesting social and historical artefacts as well as providing spaces for peace, worship and celebration for the communities they serve today. Below are links to The Norfolk Churches website which will provide you with a taster of what you may find when you visit us.

Click here to see Simon Knott’s report on St Mary’s, Elsing on the Norfolk  Churches website.

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Church Warden:            Fran Neale          01362 637782

PCC Secretary:               Judy Butler          ~                    

PCC Treasurer:              Amanda Lake       ~                              ~

Safeguarding Officer:   Di Skipper          07771965669