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St Dominic, Downham Market
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Dominic, Downham Market
This pretty little church has the air of being an assemblage of late 19th century agricultural buildings on the edge of Downham Market town centre. It has an organic feel to it: here is the church, the parish hall, the presbytery and a bell tower all on the same site. In fact, this group is the result of almost seventy years of buildings being extended and added to, the church itself being enlarged rather magnificently as recently as 2006, as the plaque on the wall records. The simple 1941 hall church has been extended sideways, and the focus to the altar turned through ninety degrees. The new church is about three times as big as its predecessor, reflecting the unprecedented growth in Catholic congregations in East Anglia in recent years.
Simon Knott, September 2009
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