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All Saints, Horsford
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The porch bears the very encouraging notice that this church is OPEN daily for private prayer, as all Anglican parish churches should be, of course. The lady cleaning inside confirmed that All Saints is open every day. As with almost everywhere in this part of Norfolk, the hand of the Victorians fell heavily here, and the small windows mean that this felt a rather gloomy interior even on such a bright day. But as my eyes became accustomed to the dimness I could see that this was a very well-loved and cared for interior.
Not much survives of the medieval life of Horsford. The most significant remnant is a nice little screen, which must have been made right on the eve of the Reformation, and has been restored rather heavily since. There is also a big arcaded Norman font, and a cluster of 15th Century glass collected into a panel in the north aisle window. But the great star of the show here is East Anglia's best example of a 19th Century window by the grandly named Royal Bavarian Institute for Stained Glass, made by the Zettler workshop of Munich. It remembers three sisters, Edith, Dorothea and Nona Day, who died of consumption in 1891, 1892 and 1893 in Davos and Cairo. One sister stands on the far shore of the Jordan, welcoming her sisters across to a curiously Bavarian paradise, their halos looking like nothing so much as jaunty hats.
Simon Knott, January 2009
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