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Margaret, West Raynham
As I say, there are plenty of tamed ruins nearby - Appleton and Oxwick spring to mind - but the restorers of West Raynham have gone one better. Or two, perhaps, because within the body of the ruin there are now what looks like an 18th century font, and a modern brick built altar. And so, for the first time in coming on for 300 years, St Margaret can be used again, at least when the weather is nice. It must be a very atmospheric experience, and moving for people who remember it as Bill Wilson saw it. Also moving are the gravestones, rescued along with the church. My favourite is near the gates. The inscription tells us that this stone is Erected by Friends and Pupils as a Mark of Respect and Esteem in fond Remembrance of Horace Beck Scott, who for 5 years Faithfully Discharged the Duties of Pupil teacher in the Helhoughton School and was Called to his Rest April 13th 1882 Aged 21 years.
Simon Knott, October 2007
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