Our Church, St Margaret’s of Antioch
The village is one of a group of neighbouring parishes, collectively called the Coxford Benefice. Our group of churches is made up of eight wonderful old Norfolk churches, all of which are well worth a visit. The other seven churches are All Saints and St Andrew’s, Tattersett; All Saints, Toftrees; All Saints, Helhoughton; St Martin at Tours, Houghton; St Martin’s, South Raynham; St Mary’s, East Raynham; St Mary’s, East Rudham. As a Benefice we share a Priest.
Tatterford, having its origin based firmly in a farming background, and being a central point to the Pynkney Estate with just 48 dwellings within the village bounds, now has a very diverse populace, but like so many other small villages off the beaten track, has few children amongst its residence.
Tatterford Church, which was built during the mid nineteenth century to replace an earlier Norman Church, has played a significant part in the expansion of the Anglo-Catholic priesthood. In the 1920s the then incumbent, Father William Hand, started a school next to the Church to train boys for a vocation to the priesthood. From here young men would then progress to Mirfield Theological College to train for Holy Orders. Hundreds of boys passed through the school and went on to become Priests in far-flung parts of the globe. The school was finally closed in the 1940s.
We find ourselves in a period of interregnum, as the Benefice’s previous incumbent, Father Edward Bundock, who had served the group for some 25 years, retired in March 2022. The Diocesan authorities are at present evaluating our eligibility for a new priest, the main alternative being for the group to be divided amongst neighbouring Benefices.
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This website has been set up by the Church of St. Margaret’s for the people who live in Tatterford, and anyone else who might be interested in the goings-on in a small Norfolk village that boasts no bus service, no play-ground, no shop, no pub, no street lighting, single-track roads, but endless wild-life and a thriving community.