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All Saints, Godwick
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Godwick had a church at Domesday, but probably never recovered from the agricultural depressions of the early 14th century, and it was bought by the Coke family in 1580 as a part of the massive expansion of their empire. They used it for grazing sheep, the use to which it is still put today.
The village appears on an estate map in 1596 with just four houses, and, interestingly, an abandoned church, because after the Reformation there had been no need for it. By the end of the 16th century, the tower had collapsed. However, in the following century, the fashion for follies led to a feature being made of the ruins. Sir Edward Coke had built the massive pile of Godwick Hall in 1585, a grand Elizabethan manor which would survive, incredibly, until demolition in 1962.
Simon Knott, August 2006
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