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St Remigius, Testerton
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Pevsner suggests that the shape of this window is a clue to a fairly late building, probably 15th century. That was difficult to argue with on this day in high summer, when the elder was boiling all over the ruin and the whole piece was adrift in a sea of barley, but you can approach the ruin, and, looking up, see the inside of the red brick tower window arch plainly. If Pevsner is right, of course, the church wasn't in use for very long before the Reformation, land enclosures and depopulation overtook it.
At some point, probably in the 18th century, the ruined tower has been surrounded by an iron fence, and forgotten. This isn't one of Norfolk's most dramatic ruins, but it was the beating heart of a parish during its brief lifetime, and is still a touchstone to its lost community. And, if you are shooting fish in a barrel, they all count.
Simon Knott, August 2006
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