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All Saints, Snetterton
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All Saints is redundant, unsurprisingly. This seems to have been a fairly painful process, the church falling into disuse and then suffering years of vandalism before being rescued by the Norfolk Churches Trust. It was not thought an important enough building for the Churches Conservation Trust to have been asked to take it on, and so it relies on the tender attentions of local people.
I had seen some beautiful photographs of the interior on a bright sunny day; it looked endearingly ramshackle, a creamy light filling a wide, empty space. But we came here on a grim March day with a thin, icy drizzle wafting across the graveyard. We got the key, and let ourselves into a church which was even colder than outside. The building was obviously due for a spring clean, and the grey skies outside made the interior rather gloomy. But I liked the air of resilience.
This is a big, mostly 14th century church, elaborated with a large north aisle a century later. However, the chancel and the inner doorways of a earlier church survive, and although the chancel is now pretty well all Victorian, the grand double piscina of perhaps 1280 survives.
Simon Knott, April 2008
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