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Courtesy of Wymington Village Millennium Book committee
Wymington Church
An early coloured postcard
An early coloured postcard

Rectors
DIOCESE OF LINCOLN (1235 – 1837)

1235

William de Superyva

1421

William Lymyngton

1240

William de Wyminton

1430

William Brikland

1243

Adam de Grafton

1434

Simon Hotham

1274

Hugh Thomas de Saudrage

1448

Richard Burton

1275

Robert de Saudrage Ivone

1478

John Stokes

1282

Thomas de Shirewode

1520

Richard Ambrose

1284

William de Holcote

1526

Elizeus Ambrose

1289

Richard de Inge

1546

Richard Jones

1301

Walter de Lega

1556

William Marshall

1306

Thomas de Harecourt

1558

Edmond Cosyn

1306

Robert de Stormesworth

1560

Anthony Anderson

1338

Ralph de Glasek

1571

George Chatherton

1343

Nicholas de Oxenford

1607

Robert Mason

1343

John de Boiveles

1610

John Noke D.D.

1349

Matulinus De Nowers

1622

John Anderson

1349

John de Barton

1656

Richard Newcombe

1349

William de Stoke

1698

Richard Newcombe M.A.

1358

John de Castro Bernardi

1733

Thomas Walker M.A.

1367

Nicholas de Stoke

1771

James Turner B.A.

1376

William de Pighteslee

1772

James Turner B.A.

1376

Robert Lambourne

1774

Thomas Beaumont Burnaby M.A.

1379

John de Wicherne

1777

William Procter M.A.

1412

John Rothwell

1782

Thomas Bromwich

1419

William Weston

1834

William Henry Bond B.A.

DIOCESE OF ELY (1837 - 1914)

DIOCESE OF ST. ALBANS (1914 - 2000)

1839

William Sayer Lendon

1928

Arthur Starmer Dodds M.A.

1848

Abel Sayer Lendon M.A.

1932

John Martin Theodore Rogers M.A.

1864

William Monk M.A.

1943

Daniel McLean

1885

John Napleton

1944

William Henry Fluellen

1892

Charles Edward Drew

1973

John Alfred Furness

1913

Charles Leonard Drew M.A.

1980

David John Wardrop

1984

Raymond Sherwood Wallace

1987

Arthur Robert Harry Woodward

1999

John Hearn

The Church is dedicated to St. Lawrence, martyred at Rome in A.D.258 and was built on the site of a former church by John Curteys, a promenent wool merchant and mayor of the Wool Staple at Calais, this indicates the source of wealth he liberally bequeathed to building afresh the church of his native village. Curteys bought the living in 1361 and the church was subsequently all built in one year, c1377 A.D. As a further measure of his wealth, he gave a loan to Richard II in 1379.

It is a fine example of the late decorated style of architecture, being noted, amongst other things, for its frescoes, brasses and bells.

On the west side of the main entrance reached through the small door and up a very winding staircase, is the Priests Room above the porch, where a visiting friar, monk or preacher would have stayed whilst visiting the parish and could have held classes for baptism and confirmation there. He would have been fed by the villagers. In the south wall of the chancel there are three alcoves forming a sedilla of two seats and a piscine, arranged to form one design, and in the north wall there is a squint. The ceiling in the sanctuary is delightful painted stencil.

The reredos of the High Altar is probably medieval, the five figures in the niches are modern, and made by Comper in about 1937. Looking at them from left to right they depict: St. Hugh of Lincoln, St. Alban, Mary and Child Jesus, Ethelreda of Ely and (it is thought), the Archbishop of the time.

This church is famous for its brasses which include John Curteys d. 1391 and his wife Albreda, set in black Purbeck marble. On the floor in the chancel, and frequently described as ‘the finest specimen of a knight in complete armour in existence’, is the brass of Sir Thomas Brounflet (often spelt Bromflete), who possessed the Manor of Wymington after John Curteys; he was cupbearer to Richard II and Treasurer of the Household to Henry IV and who died in 1430. Beside him to the south, is a smaller brass of his wife, the Lady Margarita who died 1407.

In the Lady Chapel is a brass of a former rector of the church, John Stokys, who probably died in the late 15th Century - he probably had the brass laid down before he died, as there is no date of burial marked on the brass.

Wall Paintings - Above the chancel arch, is a 15thC. doom painting which depicts Christ in Glory, the doom painting representing the bursting of the tombs. The dead are being judged, going to heaven or hell. Hell is depicted on the south wall of the nave and Heaven on the north wall. It is interesting to see that the pure in heart going to Heaven are unclothed. On the east wall of the south aisle is a late 14th C. Trinity. There are other wall paintings still to be uncovered, notably, those above the filled in door of the north aisle.

The lovely old pews are medieval, with 17th C. ‘draw out’ seats (apparently used for servants). The pulpit with sounding board is a Post-Reformation work in carved oak.

At the western end of the nave in front of the door to the tower, is the original octagonal stone font - the cover is of oak, tall and conical and of similar workmanship to the pulpit. (This font was copied in 1858 for the church at Northill, built in the same period). The church remains almost exactly as it was originally built in the Decorated style of Barnack stone. The whole, which includes the nave, north and south aisles, vestry, south chapel and chancel, is spanned by the one roof; quite a remarkable feat in building six hundred years ago when most large buildings were roofed in sections.

The porch has a green man (pagan symbol of fertility). A scratch dial can be seen on the first buttress to the east of the porch.

The tower houses five bells, two of which are medieval. These unfortunately at present can only be chimed.

Translation (from Latin) of Inscription on Brass of Sir Thomas Brounflet:

The good name of Thomas Brounflet stands ever high, though his earthly glory fade away; in this tomb, after his decease, he sleeps in death. By grant of King Richard he was High Steward of this region, in accord with good actions befitting his station. A worthy holder of this office, be became Treasurer of the quest-house (?) to Henry IV as well as to Richard, because every where he was found to be a man of his word. Had Henry bidden him to be Treasurer (of the Exchequer) he would have had the approval of the folk of England – unless he had refused the dignity. Most excellent soldier, there are all too few who are like three: for men who are immature in mind climb into the places of importance. On the Feast of Sylvester in the year of our Lord 1430 thou didst pass hence, dying as a Christian should. Solder, surely worthy of a better singer than, may Christ grant three a joyful ascent to the abode which is thy goal.

Memories from Rev. John Furness , Rector in the 1970s

Bishop Robert Runcie of St. Albans was a frequent visitor to Wymington. He always described Wymington as one of his favourite parishes. He became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1980.   After 1 came to Wymington in 1973, a lot of fund raising events were set up to raise money for the church restoration. The lunches under the direction of May Hadley were started in 1974 (the 25th anniversary lunch was held in 1999).   At about this time a working party under the direction of Roy Robinson (then Churchwarden), re-decorated the interior of the church. Looking back,  that was quite an achievement

The present Rectory was built at that time, I was the first priest-in-charge of the two villages of Wymington and Podington. The old Rectory was considered to be unsuitable and there was a new vicarage already in existence in Podington. I persuaded the church authorities to build a new house in Wymington and sell the house in Podington. The Rectory was built by Deejak and I finally moved into the new Rectory in December 1977.

We started the idea of a freely distributed magazine to all the houses in the two parishes in my time, I thought up the title “ The Bridge” as the road between the villages goes under two railway bridges and I hoped that the two villages might grow together “.



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