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We headed into the gentle landscape of fields and woods which separate the western edge of the Broads from the workaday business of north Norwich. Hainford is a scattered parish, its lanes quiet away from the main roads which hurtle traffic through between Norwich and the coast, and connect the A140 to Hoveton and Wroxham,. At a cross roads not far south of the Hoveton road sits this rather elegant little church, the work of John Brown, Richard Phipson's predecessor as Diocesan architect. It dates from 1838, and was thus the first Victorian church to be built in Norfolk. It is an intelligent design, with ecclesiological features already balancing the jaunty but ignorant Gothick familiar from previous decades.
Simon Knott, January 2009
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