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St Peter, West Rudham
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There's not much to tell East and West Rudham apart, other than that East Rudham is up on the main road to King's Lynn, and West Rudham straggles along and finally peters out in the narrow lanes towards Great Massingham. Just before the village completely disappears there's the church, set back from the road in a deliciously overgrown churchyard full of 18th Century headstones. In truth, not much happened here after the 18th Century. Pevsner went into ecstasies at the puzzle over which bits came first, but generally speaking we are looking at a late 13th Century church which was completed in the early 14th Century. The chancel was partly rebuilt in the 19th Century. Very curiously, the south doorway is set well below the level of the churchyard, and there are steps down to it.
Simon Knott, August 2016
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