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St Mary the Virgin Church Anmer

The church of St Mary, Anmer is in the village of Anmer on the Sandringham Estate close to the Norfolk coast. It dates back to the 14th Century. A major restoration in 1986 put it back on the map and the hard work continues to this day.


This is a charming village church where services are held at 11am twice a month, but during British Summer Time Evensong will be held on the 4th Sunday at 5.30pm, instead of the 11am service, with the Communion Service remaining at 11am on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

When the main features of this church were built, the great family of Calthorp were Lords of the Manor. The South Chapel was built onto the church by Sir Oliver Calthrop in the 14th century. The name of Calthrop is frequently repeated in the list of patrons until Anmer passed to the Coldham family in 1678. Now the parish of about 1400 acres is part of the Royal Estate.

On entering this church one is reminded of Queen Mary who had a strong personal interest in it and gave some of the furnishings to beautify it, including a Florentine embroidered altar cloth.