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Botolph, Morley St Botolph
The rebuilding, when it came, was under the guiding hand of James Fletcher Watson, an architect with a fine eye who is most famous for the rebuilding of Bawdeswell in a Georgian style. However, it is hard to tell you exactly what St Botolph is like inside, because, unusually for this part of Norfolk, the church is kept locked without a keyholder. The replacement glass in the nave consists of hand-made panes of stressed clear glass, which creates an interesting effect but makes it almost possible to see though. You can just about make out the light wood favoured by Fletcher Watson, as well as some Victorian furnishings in the chancel. But that's all, and only a notice in the porch gave any indication that this church was still in use.
Standing outside, I gazed across the sun-bright fields. I watched the rooks wheeling, filling the air with their coarse ranting. There was nobody to be seen, for miles.
Simon Knott, January 2006
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