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All Saints, Wacton
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What is this building like inside? When I first wrote an entry for it I answered my own question in just two words: no idea. All Saints was well-known by East Anglian church explorers for being pretty much completely inaccessible. It was not popularly known as Fortress Wacton for its looks alone. But, as Bob Dylan was wont to observe from time to time, the times they are a-changin', for I was excited to discover that All Saints was taking part in the 2010 Open Churches week. Peter and I hurried up the A12 and out into Long Stratton's hinterland. The sign on the gate confirmed the rumours, and we opened the door into - well, what do you imagine?
I have noticed that often it is only the dullest, most over-restored churches which are kept locked from one Sunday to the next, but I can reassure you that this is not the case with All Saints, Wacton, for this is a fascinating and very lovely church, which deserves to be so much better known than it is. The lovely brick floors, the airy tracery of the screen, the substantial 15th Century font which would not be out of place in one of Norfolk's grand, urban late 15th Century churches, all conspire to an interior which is rather breathtaking, actually. I was pleased and excited to discover it, and perhaps a little cross that other people hadn't been allowed to explore it too. But taking part in Open Churches week is a step in the right direction, and I hoped it might encourage the parish to embrace the radical idea of being open during the days of other weeks as well.
Simon Knott, February 2006
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