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St Mary, East Walton
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East Walton has no connection with West Walton over on the Cambridgeshire border. Indeed, it doesn't feel as if it probably has much of a connection with anywhere at all, really. There is something delightfully self-contained about this quiet little village.
The great round tower has a visible lean to the west, and has been bolstered and restored in the last year - the architect's drawings are on display inside. The windows are filled with lovely irregular panes of 18th century glass.
Stepping into St Mary is to step into a different century, and not a medieval one, for here we have an interior which is almost entirely of the early 18th century, a time when the Church of England itself was a bit of a sleepy backwater. The brick floors are a setting for good quality box pews, which lead the eye to a three-decker pulpit in the south-east corner. It must have all looked very fine when it was first installed.
Simon Knott, October 2006
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