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St Mary, Shouldham Thorpe
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Shouldham Thorpe is a pretty little village, not far from the Downham Market to Dereham road. The neat, trim, wedge-shaped graveyard is overhung with trees, and St Mary is that striking sight, a gingerbread church built out of carstone. The building was erected in 1858 to replace one which had suffered a collapsed tower just over a century earlier. The former north doorway, a fine Norman rounded arch with columns and zig-zags, was reused at the west end of the new church, which is architecturally odd but rather pleasing, especially as it is set in the expanse of such a large gable wall.
Simon Knott, September 2009
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