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St Andrew, East Runton

East Runton: a fresh, intimate space

    St Andrew, East Runton
apse - and is that the original church behind?   North Norfolk is a land of giants and medieval glories, and so I suppose it is not surprising that St Andrew is so little known. East Runton is part of the pleasingly incoherent Cromer/Sheringham straggle - I was going to use the word conurbation, but it would be absurd for such a backwater - and this little Anglican church is just to the west of Cromer, which is just about my favourite Norfolk town; but the parish church there is a vast, anonymous barn of a place. St Andrew, which I assume is in the parish of West Runton, is exactly the opposite.

John Salmon had told me about the church; he attends Mass here some Sundays, and now took me proudly to show it off. After spending most of Holy Week tracking down churches in Norfolk and Suffolk, this was my first church after Easter, and therefore the first church with flowers that I had been in for a long time. This only served to make it more pleasant, the Easter posies complementing the cool white interior, almost eastern with its apse and pointed arch. A fresh, intimate space that was a joy on a sunny morning.

I know nothing about this church, and buildings like this with flint walling are notoriously hard to date. But I suppose it must be 1950s. Curiously, the 19th century building behind it that I at first took to be the church turned out to be a school. I wonder if it was the original church?

Simon Knott, May 2006

   

from the south-west cool, white, almost Eastern dressed for Eastertide looking west - the doors make a saltire cross

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