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St Mary, Carlton Forehoe
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We stepped into the surprise of a tall, open barn-like interior which is utterly lovely. I would not have guessed. There is a great feeling of more than a century ago: the church is pretty much all 19th Century inside, although early, with an open gallery at the west end, and suitably pre-ecclesiological in character, retaining the brick floor. Oil lamps line the walls and hang from the roof. One earlier survival is the set of image niches either side of the chancel arch, two or one side and one on the other, showing the site of medieval nave altars. The four corbels above must have supported the rood beam. Beyond, the 1880s glass in the chancel adds a touch of gravitas. The silence of the fields all around contributes to this sense of insulated rusticity.
Simon Knott, December 2010
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