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St Mary, Rushall
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Back in 2005 I had come to Rushall at the end of a long afternoon, just as the heavy skies were starting to weep. It was my thirteenth church of the day, but I had only found two of them open. Of the others, I had got into some by tracking down keyholders, but the rest were simply soulless fortresses, with no keyholder notices or welcome signs. At Dickleburgh, I had nearly despaired. Indeed, I wondered if they actually had room in their hearts to welcome the tax collectors and sinners who might respond to the sense of the numinous they'd find by wandering into an open church on their own, on a weekday. And at Scole I had been told brusquely by the churchwarden's wife that they simply didn't open the church to visitors.
Now, like Rushall's St Mary, Scole church is open to everybody every day, and I am told that Dickleburgh's is too. As I say, much has changed. When you go cycling regularly around the East Anglian countryside, some days are better than others. I enjoy cycling in all weathers, although high winds can defeat me and rain at the end of the day makes me gloomy. Similarly, a day spent visiting medieval churches can uplift and inspire; but it can make the heart very heavy when you are locked out of almost everywhere. How good to return in sunshine and find the porch gates wide open!
Simon Knott, February 2011
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