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St Peter and St Paul, Scarning
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and St Paul, Scarning
I can only try again. Until then, this will have to do - an attractive church despite the busy road, and an intriguing two-storey transept to the chancel. Mortlock dates this to the 1570s, the lower storey a vestry and the upper storey as a residence for the minister, and in truth it does have a Tudor look to it. Pevsner goes for the 19th century restoration of the chancel, pointing to the rather ugly east window as a companion piece.
In any case, the most interesting thing here is probably the tower, which is dated by successive bequests to the very eve of the Reformation - and then beyond, because Pevsner notes one Thomas Secker leaving money in 1547. Presumably the death of Henry VIII put an end to his hopes, and had the thought police of Edward VI knocking on his widow's door as he looked down from purgatory. Heartless times.
Well, I travel this road from time to time, and I shall keep stopping and rattling the door. If I find it open, I shall tell you more.
Simon Knott, September 2006
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