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photoblog image St.Wystan's, Repton 2/7

St.Wystan's, Repton 2/7

This ancient church of St.Wystan with its 200 feet tall spire is perhaps the most well known building in the village. The church crypt dates from Saxon times and was where the kings of Mercia were buried. The church was steadily added to over the centuries, resulting in the mixture of styles seen today.  Sadly it was a dull, damp February afternoon, hence the picture is a bit flat.

St.Wystan's, Repton 2/7

This ancient church of St.Wystan with its 200 feet tall spire is perhaps the most well known building in the village. The church crypt dates from Saxon times and was where the kings of Mercia were buried. The church was steadily added to over the centuries, resulting in the mixture of styles seen today.  Sadly it was a dull, damp February afternoon, hence the picture is a bit flat.

comments (15)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 9 Apr 2013, 00:20
Great shot Brian! The dark, dank feel to the photo is very atmospheric and I like the framing with the trees.
Brian Walbey: It was certainly very atmospheric that day Frances, in fact it was freezing cold!!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Apr 2013, 00:56
Its a fine-looking building, Brian, and the Village should be proud of it.
Brian Walbey: Indeed ray, that tall spire is very elegant.
You framed this perfectly through the trees Brian... i recognized the different shapes to the windows as you follow the side of the church... it's an amazing old structure....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter. I reckon this church must have been built in at least four different parts over the years.
Very lovely image, I like the muted tones!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Apr 2013, 07:24
From your description it sounds a very intriguing church to visit Brian
Brian Walbey: It is Chris, you'll see inside later this week. I didn't even know this place was so near to us, the guy who took me out has lived in the area all his life and thought I would enjoy a visit here, which I did, snowy road included.
Certainly quite a mixture but a lot of history too
Brian Walbey: Yes I am including more of the history during the week Bill, but the whole village is picturesque with the famous school being there in lots of old buildings.
  • Chad
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 9 Apr 2013, 09:20
That looks to be a fine, sizeable bright clock Brian.
Brian Walbey: Can't miss it with that white band round Chad.
A very impressive spire Brian
Brian Walbey: I think is quite an elegant spire Janet.
I think the type of dull, damp weather you had on that afternoon adds to the atmosphere of the place, Brian. When the sun is out and shining, it probable has a different feel, altogether.
Brian Walbey: Yes, I guess in bright sunshine the stone will glow in rich colours.
That's a fine spire!
Brian Walbey: Indeed Tom, I like church spires of that type.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 9 Apr 2013, 16:53
I had no idea that the Kings of Mercia were buried here. Oddly enough the boundary between Mercia and Wessex runs along a brook about a mile from where I live
Brian Walbey: Those two facts also show what a big area the Kingdom of Mercia must have been.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Apr 2013, 18:56
Ah! I've just remembered that I've been here; it's alongside the public school. Did you creep into the crypt? At least in winter you have no leaves to black this view.
Brian Walbey: Yes it is surrounded by buildings to do with the school, and there is a fine row of thatched cottages opposite the church gate I showed on Monday. We went in the crypt, it is a bit sinister, shouldn't want to get locked in there!
A very nicely looking church Brian!
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Richard, I think that tall spire helps its appearance.
Beautiful spire, Brian, well pictured.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Graeme, I like these sort of spires on churches.
Great Spire
Brian Walbey: Yes it is John, I like these sort of spires on churches.

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