St Mary Magdalene’s, SandringhamOpen daily from 26th March to 30th October inclusive from 11am to 5pm (4pm in October). Sundays 1pm to 5pm (4pm in October). Unless there are additional services taking place. During the winter the church is only open for services.
St Mary Magdalene's is a spectacular royal church which draws a constant stream of tourists to marvel at its opulent interior. The church is surprisingly small but this creates a personal feel. Substantial restorations in the 19th century saw the addition of the transepts and vestry, and left little of the original 15th century building undisturbed apart from the porch. A feast for the eyes awaits the visitor. Colours of the Norfolk Regiment hang in the base of the tower. A silver panelled pulpit shines brightly, a gift to Queen Alexandra in 1924. The silver altar was a gift to Edward VII in 1911 and a matching reredos was constructed to accompany it. Gilded wood adorns the chancel and angels surround the east window. Other particularly interesting items include a 16th Century Spanish processional cross and a statuette of St George complete with ivory face and hands and aluminium armour.
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