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St Michael, Aslacton
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The body of the church is a history of what happened subsequently. The nave, probably Norman, was supplemented by an Early English chancel which exhibits signs of the Decorated period. Most likely, given that this is Norfolk, the chancel was built in the Decorated period with idioms surviving from the earlier period; but curiously, Pevsner detected what are fairly convincing Saxon survivals in the masonry at the south-east corner.
There are a couple of other curiosities. The arcade that divides the aisle from the nave does not line up with the chancel arch, but ends about 60cm short. In between is an alcove; I think it may have contained the rood loft stair, but it is hard to see exactly what happened; was the arcade begun from the west, while someone was working quite independently on the rood apparatus at the other end of the nave? Or, could there have been an earlier attempt to build an arcade that the Black Death interrupted?
Simon Knott, February 2006
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