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James, Great Yarmouth
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Great Yarmouth (new church)
This little structure was built as a parish hall for JP Seddon's vast and grandiloquent 1870s church of St James next door, but when that was declared redundant in 1999 this hall became the new parish church. The notice board outside suggests that it has a busy life, which is not surprising as this little church is now the sole Anglican presence in the southern half of the Borough.
I came here on the occasion of the Historic Churches Bike Ride of 2010, and was pleased to find the new St James open, especially as the old church next door was not, even though it was also Open Heritage weekend. However, it turned out that the church was not taking part in the bike ride at all. Instead, a rather bemused workman was busy cutting up wood at the back of the church for a kitchen conversion. He told me that I was the sixth visitor since he'd started work, and this despite the fact that it was not yet midday.
Simon Knott, December 2010
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