Devastating fire strikes St Mary’s Church, Wimbotsham

An image taken after the fire of the interior of the church, looking towards the tower. The roof and much of the interior have been completely destroyed. (Click to enlarge)

An image taken after the fire of the interior of the church, looking towards the tower. The roof and much of the interior have been completely destroyed.


Posted on Thursday 5 September 2019
The Diocese of Ely was extremely saddened to hear yesterday (4th September 2019) about the devastating fire at St Mary’s Church, Wimbotsham.

The Ven Hugh McCurdy, Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech, immediately travelled to the scene to offer his support to the local community.

Hugh said of what he saw; “The community is obviously devastated by the damage caused to the ancient and beautiful St Mary’s Church.

We must now await the outcome of the structural report, and while some church treasures were saved, we know the Holy table dating from 1638 has been destroyed.

As we move forward from the day’s sad events, we will be working very closely the whole community about what we now need to do following this devastating fire. We are also so grateful to the brave fire crews from the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service who tackled the blaze and give our thanks that no-one was hurt in the fire”.

Hugh went on to say: "You can read the history of the village in the church building and it's a centre for celebrating significant life moments. There are lots of strong members in the church building and they feel very connected even if they are not there Sunday by Sunday. It's a symbol of hope and a symbol in the Christian community that God is present."

Hugh spoke to the Bishop of Ely, The Rt Revd Stephen Conway who was said to be very distressed to hear [that] one of the churches is so badly damaged and [that] his thoughts and prayers are with the community.