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All Saints, Walcott
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I love the way the tower stair turret is set at a diagonal to the tower. A hundred years later, we would be building churches like Shelton, quite different in feel and character; and then the Reformation would put an end to virtually all church building in East Anglia, until the Victorians came along.
All Saints inside is full of light, a typical pleasantly Victorianised space with some decent medieval survivals, including a handsome, tall screen. The font, as with most local churches, is a 13th century Purbeck marble affair, obviously from the earlier church. The piscina and sedilia in the chancel are also fine.
The Victorian lump is leavened by some excellent early 20th century work, mainly from the 1920s, including a super art nouveau brass lectern, sensibly bolted to the floor, and an even more unusual art deco organ. The war memorial is also grand, and substantially in the same style, although a hint of romanticism makes it rather mawkish.
Soon, modernism would do away with all of this, of course, and in either accepting or rejecting modernism we would determine the look, feel and shape of our churches for the rest of the century.
Simon Knott, April 2005
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