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St James, Southrepps
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We arrived here at the end of a long and successful day working our way up the coast. Everywhere we went, the churches were open and welcoming, and Southrepps was no exception. Indeed, as the mother church of the Trunch Team Ministry parishes, it could be said to been one of the instigators of the practice. All the churches around here welcome pilgrims and strangers, and you go away from all of them with a warm feeling, which is exactly how it should be.
Now, it was starting to spit with rain, the first proper rain of July, a month that will remain long in the memory for its warmth and dryness. We scurried outside taking our photographs, and then went into the church.
The first impression of St James is of quite how well looked after it is, a church which is obviously and vibrantly in regular use. The new screen to the tower arch, and the renewed roof above, create a warmth, the organic feeling of wood on stone. The arcades in the nave walls race eastwards, and you yearn to see daylight through them, but the aisles were demolished in 1791.
Simon Knott, August 2006
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