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St Andrew, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich

 

Despite only being a 20 minute walk from Norwich railway station, the suburb of Thorpe St Andrew had, until well into the 19th Century, a quite separate existence.

 

The medieval church was largely demolished by the Victorians, and only the tower and part of the north wall survive in the churchyard. You walk through the old tower to reach the massive new church, which looks externally even larger than it is inside.

 

The interior gloom is leavened by some excellent glass and a most curious repainting of the medieval rood screen.

 

The setting is lovely, with the river running by across the road to the south. The church is open every day.

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Taken on April 20, 2011