A closer look at the statue of St.Wystan over the doorway of the two storey 15th.Century porch at St.Wystan’s parish church, Repton. Wystan (or Wigstan) was the grandson of King Wiglaf and a prince of Mercia. In a struggle over the succession to the Mercian throne he was murdered in 849 by Berhtferht, the son of Wiglaf's successor, and buried in his grandfather's mausoleum at Repton. Miracles occurred. Florence of Worcester, writing before 1118, tells that a column of light shot to heaven from the place where he was murdered and remained visible for 30 days. When the Vikings invaded, the remains of St Wystan were taken away by escaping monks; they were returned to Repton when the Viking menace disappeared. It took a lot of work here to almost eliminate the converging verticals on this, but not quite.
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