the church of st mary magdalene, essendine
The church of St Mary Magdalene at Essendine was originally the chapel to a castle that once stood on this site. Sadly, this is now all that remains,
although the moat of the castle is still clearly visible. The setting of this pretty little church is one of the most idyllic in Rutland. The church is slightly unusual in that there is no tower or spire. It dates from c1130 and boasts a very fine carved south doorway, said to be the oldest in Rutland.
The church is open daily for visitors.
(Google maps refers to 'St Mark's Church'. It is actually St Mary's!)
service times at essendine
Our normal service pattern is as follows:
1st Sunday of month 10.00am Family Service HARVEST FESTIVAL
2nd Sunday of month 9.00am Holy Communion
3rd Sunday of month 10.30am Benefice Holy Communion (takes place in one of the 3 churches of the Benefice) *
4th Sunday of month 9.00am Holy Communion
5th Sunday of month 10.30am Benefice Holy Communion (at Ryhall)
* The Benefice service in October (15th October) will take place at Essendine.