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Trinity Church Centre, Thorpe Marriott
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Church Centre, Thorpe Marriott
The north-western suburbs of Norwich creep insidiously up the Fakenham road, consuming old village centres and infilling fields and meadows. But you don't have to go far off of the road to find yourself in the countryside again, along winding lanes among pleasantly wooded hills. And the housing is not unattractive, consisting of small low-rise estates and larger houses set back from the road. There's a considerable snarl-up at the Asda junction when everyone piles in to Norwich to go to work of a morning, though.
The challenge of providing churches in areas like this is one that the various denominations take to with enthusiasm, and the main protestant churches, with the possible exception of the Baptists, tend to work together. The Church of England has its old medieval parish churches, of course, which stud this suburbia like little jewels. But for the big new estates it means new churches, and the plucky little Methodists, perhaps mindful of their tradition in this county, built their presence here.
Simon Knott, January 2009
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