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All Saints, Weasenham
You step into a wide open space that feels all of its early 20th Century date, the height of Anglican triumphalism. But All Saints appears to have always been relatively Low Church, and there are none of the exuberant furnishings one associates with the period. There is no coloured glass at all, and the wooden parquet flooring helps impart a peaceful simplicity.
The great survival here is the dado to the 15th Century roodscreen. On the north side are the figures of the four Latin Doctors, from left to right St Ambrose, St Augustine, St Jerome and St Gregory. On the south side are the four Evangelists, from left to right St John, St Luke, St Mark and St Matthew. The Latin Doctors are in reasonable condition, and while not of the quality of the figures at nearby Wellingham you can see that they must once have been rather fine. By contrast, little survives that is discernible of the four Evangelists, except for the haunting detail that you can just make out the symbols of St John's eagle, St Mark's winged lion and St Matthew's winged man. Of St Luke's winged bull I could make out no trace.
The simplicity of the setting is perfect for the screen, and in the afternoon light falling from the west it was beautiful. There is perhaps little else to see here, but it felt a pleasant place to be, so I sat for a while in contemplation and then went for a wander outside.
Simon Knott, October 2013
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