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All Saints, Beachamwell
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One of four former parish churches in and around this fairly remote village, the scanty remains of All Saints sit on a hilltop to the south-west of St Mary. You can walk to them from the village green. Little survives, mostly chunks of the lower part of the tower, but enough remained in the early 18th century for the antiquarian Blomefield to think it worth a visit. Thanks to the splendid St Mary church guide, we know that he found the chancel arch intact, and a 17th century tomb chest to the Athow family of Wells Hall. After the Reformation, when All Saints fell into disuse, it seems to have been bought by the Athows, probably as a family mausoleum. But the family died out, and so in the 17th century All Saints began the long road to the almost total degradation we see today.
Simon Knott, July 2006
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