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All Saints, Horsey
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Given that the character of the church beside it is of the 13th century, despite the replacement of all the windows by the Victorians, Pevsner is probably right, and so it seems likely that All Saints was built all in one go, perhaps about the year 1220.
This place is the only high, wooded spot for miles, and so the tower is famous as a roost of owls and other birds of prey. There are photographs up at the back of the church, and the church was the subject of books and radio programmes about nesting birds back in the 1950s. The long, thatched roof is rather overgrown with moss on the north side, but presents an elegant yet wholly rustic face to the south.
And wholly rustic too is the inside of All Saints, a delicious feel of a rural 19th century interior carved out of an ancient space. everything is simple, from the small font and screen which were probably contemporary with the top of the tower, to the plain benches and pretty little holy table in the sanctuary.
Simon Knott, August 2006
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