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St Andrew, Attlebridge
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This church was once a familiar sight to travellers on the Norwich to Fakenham road, but the village is now thankfully bypassed, and this little church sits proudly on its mound at the crossroads in the centre. As at nearby Alderford, the church is long and narrow, with a narrow 14th century tower, although this is not as pencil-like as Alderford's. Unlike its neighbour, St Andrew retains a north aisle. The church is so small that it would seem rather claustrophobic without it.
Inside, the church retains much of its rural character, the sense that this building could only be in East Anglia, and would seem quite foreign if you found it somewhere else. This sounds an obvious thing to say, but so many Victorian restorations of country churches turned them into anonymous, urban spaces that might as well be in Birmingham or Calcutta. That did not happen here, and it is still quite easy to imagine the ploughboy and the wheelwright sitting on the benches in their best clothes on a Sunday morning.
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