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St Nicholas, Twyford
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That said, when I rang up to ask to borrow a key, the man who answered the phone was extremely friendly and welcoming. He even offered to bring the key to the church rather than me go and get it, because, as he explained, by the time he told me how to get there, he could be at the church himself.
This is a simple, homely, Norfolk village church, obviously once a Norman church but extended eastwards without a break, so there is no chancel arch. It reminded me a bit of Themelthorpe, a few miles off, but Themelthorpe feels a much more lively church than this one.
There is a big square font on pillars, presumably from the 12th century, and an attractive alabaster reredos. The remains of the screen are pretty. The early 20th century glass in the windows is not major, but the lancet containing an image of Christ crowning St George (yes, really), is worth a second glance.
And at last I found a piece of St Nicholas ephemera - Twyford has a display board, hidden at the back of the church, which has a map on it, and the map pinpoints every single church in the county dedicated to St Nicholas. I took it out, dusted it down, and put it back on display. A curious find indeed.
Simon Knott, July 2006
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