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St Peter and St Paul, West Newton
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and St Paul, West Newton
The 14th century tower of the church is grand and stately, and its solid carstone with freestone corners looks as if it might be made of gingerbread and icing. A beautiful contemporary image niche sits beside the west window. The 19th century pinnacles at the top are jaunty, if a little out of context on this tower. The body of the church is also carstone, built of blocks on the south side and in slipped layers on the north, as if this was a vast dry stone wall.
In such a small church it is inevitable that the glass is experienced on an intimate scale, so it is just as well that it is all fairly good. Pevsner says it is all by Heaton, Butler and Bayne in the thirty years or so after the rebuilding, except for the poignant WWI memorial by Karl Parsons. This depicts a magnificent St George, and remembers the Norfolk Regiment, almost wiped out at the hell of Suvla Bay in the Dardanelles in one appalling day, the 12th of August 1915. This is sad enough; immediately beside it is another memorial to the men killed further up the coast at Inkerman during the Crimean War sixty years earlier. And the men of Norfolk still had Singapore to come.
Simon Knott, July 2006
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