St Wystans Church at Repton in Derbyshire
St Wystans Church
It was the burial place of Mercian Kings. It dates from around 750 AD and contains the tombs of King Ethelbald of Mercia(ad757), King Wiglaf in AD840 and his grandson St Wystan who was brutally murdered. The crypt became a place of pilgramage.
A monastery had been founded following the arrival of Christianity in Mercia around AD653. It was sacked by the Danes, lay in ruins for 200 years and never rebuilt, but the crypt survived and a church was built on the old site. It has a 212 ft spire which is a land mark for miles around.
For contacts , services etc , please see www.reptonchurch.org.uk
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