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Ecton, St Mary Magdalene

Ecton, St Mary Magdalene

A fine looking medieval church, built between 1200 and 1340, with a prominent interestingly decorated west tower. You enter through the late medieval porch which is unusually inscribed with the date of it’s construction, 1456. Internally the church was spared 19th century intervention instead it has a rather pleasant 18th century quality. This must have something to do with the local families – the Sothebys at the Hall and the Palmers, at Ecton House, and the Walleys. The latter two are fully recorded in rather unusual marble genealogical tablets to be found toward the rear of the church. The Palmers also make an appearance in two fine tombs by Rysbrack to be found in the chancel. Here you will discover further monuments by Cheere and Rossi. The church has an important American connection as not only did Benjamin Franklin’s family come from here but Franklin himself visited his ancestral village in 1758. The bronze plaque recording this connection was put in the church in 1910. It is by Fritz Roselieb.

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Contact & Opening Times

Ecton , St Mary Magdalene, Church Way, Ecton, NN6 0QE|
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Opening Times

The church is normally locked, see below for contact details.


Contact Details

Access can be gained by contacting Mrs Linda Richards - 01604 405888. Alternatively you can contact Rector Jackie Buck – 09133 631232.

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