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Repton is a large village in Derbyshiremarker, Englandmarker between Derbymarker and Burton upon Trentmarker, situated at the edge of the River Trent floodplain.

It was the traditional royal burial place of the kings of Merciamarker, one of the early Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Christianity was reintroduced to the Midlands at Repton, where the Mercian royal family, under Peada, were converted to Christianity in 653. Soon a double abbey under an Abbess had been constructed.

St Wystan's Church, Repton
The centre of the village is dominated by the Church of Saint Wystan, also called Wigstan of Mercia, which is notable for its Saxon crypt. Built in the 8th century, the Repton crypt was to serve as a mausoleum for the Mercian royal family. Wigstan was a prince of Mercia who was murdered by his guardian in 850, under the reign of Wiglaf. His remains were buried in the crypt at Repton and miracles were ascribed to them. Repton proceeded to become a place of pilgrimage; Wigstan was later sanctified, and became the patron Saint of the church.

Repton was the original seat of Christianity in the English Midlands, though in 669 the Bishop of Mercia moved his See from Repton to Lichfield. Offa, King of Mercia seemed to resent his own bishops paying allegiance to the Archbishop of Canterbury in Kent who, whilst under Offa's control, was not of his own kingdom of Mercia. Offa therefore created his own archbishopric in Lichfield, which presided over all the bishops from the Humber to the Thames. Repton thus became an origin for a third split in the English Church: Canterbury, York and Lichfield. This lasted for only 16 years however, before Mercia returned to being under the Archbishopric of Canterbury.

Remains of a priory founded in 1172 have been incorporated into the buildings of Repton Schoolmarker, a public school established in 1557.

Notable Residents

A 19th century engraving of the crypt at Repton where Æthelbald was interred.


This list does not include staff or students of Repton Schoolmarker. Notable persons are listed in that article.

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Image:ReptonThatch2.JPG|Thatching in progress - May 2007Image:NewHouseRepton.JPG|New House, part of Repton SchoolImage:ReptonThrotheArch.JPG|Through the archway is Repton SchoolImage:ReptonHeads.JPG|School art workImage:Hayes Repton.JPG|Hayes Repton, peaceful sceneImage:Bulls Head Repton.JPG|Bulls Head Repton


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