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St Paul, Hellesdon, Norwich
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St Paul is quite possibly the most unusual church in the city. It sits in the heart of the maze of streets of the vast Hellesdon housing estate, and if you did not know what to look for you would not come across it by accident. The frontage is an elegant seven-edged red brick semi-circle, but it is only when you go behind this that you see the facade has been added to a dark green corrugated iron nissen hut.
I hadn't really expected that it would be possible to see inside, but I need not have worried. A senior citizens coffee morning was on, and they seemed to be having a whale of a time. The man in charge was very happy for me to go inside and take a look. Most of the chairs were stacked up in the little chancel, and the cheerful bunch, about fifty or so of them I should think, were sitting around tables in the nave.
Simon Knott, May 2010
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