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St Remigius, Roydon
Roydon, the village, is not to be confused with its same-named counterpart miles away across the county near Kings Lynn. This one is a pretty place which we will be too polite to call a suburb of Diss, although its fine parish church sits down on the busy bottom road to Thetford overlooking the Waveney and all Suffolk beyond. St Remigius is a big round-towered affair, appearing grand in its wide churchyard behind the village pub.
is open every day, and you enter through the north porch
with its flushwork and five niches tiered above the
entrance. It is in the Perpendicular style, and this is
echoed by the crown of the tower, and the south aisle,
and the east end of the chancel, and so you might think
that we have a church here that is largely the work of
the 15th century, apart from the tower itself. In fact,
this is not the case. The top of the tower is Victorian,
and so is the aisle, and so is the tracery of the east
window, but they are done exceptionally well, and now
seem wholly organic. The body of the church itself is
much older than the 15th century.
ceiling of the parish room is made from an old cedar tree
which grew in the churchyard which was diseased and had
to be felled, so the timber was kept and made into
ceiling boards. The cross in the room and the frames for
the noticeboards are also made from the tree. This is the
kind of thing which must always have happened in
churchyards and churches over the century, a continuity
of a kind.
Simon Knott, August 2018
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