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St Andrew, Buxton
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Having just cycled down the long lonely lanes from Tuttington, pushed my bike along the maze of paths through the Bure water meadows between Burgh and Brampton, and found Oxnead church lost in the woods, Buxton seemed very urban, with a hairdressers and a school and a football match going on right beside the churchyard. The Aylsham to Wroxham road is very busy here, and must be more so in summer, but the church is a good looking one in its narrow graveyard filled with massive yews.
St Andrew is overwhelmingly Victorianised, but not without interest. It is not huge, but the two aisles make the nave seem square, the low roof making it intimate. Unfortunately, the nave glass lacks life, creating an anonymous, urban effect, and it was fairly dark even on this bright spring day. But there were a couple of friendly people cleaning and doing flowers, and they were very welcoming, so it felt a nice place to be.
The chancel is very long, and although there is now no screen you can see remains of the medieval dado built into the screen that separates the chancel from the south chancel chapel. the east window is very curious; the Nativity, Crucifixion and Ascension presented in a kind of naive naturalistic style, the faces rendered almost photographically. I wasn't sure that I liked it.
Coming outside, I noticed
the curious angle of the south porch, pointed backwards
to face the village gate. Apparently, this is a Victorian
innovation. I headed east, and, crossing the river, came
into the twin village of Lamas, which I always want to
pronounce to rhyme with 'farmers'. In fact, it rhymes
with 'spam us'. Oh well.
Simon Knott, April 2005
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