We meet Tim Bentinck, better-known as David Archer of Radio 4’s The Archers
It was the stones they are built from which sparked geologist Andrew Swift’s initial interest in churches, but he was soon entranced by their history, architecture and atmosphere.
Andrew’s second book of Norfolk churches highlights another 100 buildings, ranging from Denver, near Downham Market, in the west to Great Yarmouth in the east, and from Morston, near Blakeney, in the north to Thorpe Abbots, near Diss, in the south.
Andrew, of Rockland St Mary, near Norwich, devotes a double spread to each of the 100 churches, including a description, history and photographs.
Four of his favourites are: Chedgrave All Saints, near Loddon. “A tantalising church with a number of architectural oddities and conundrums, and some fine survivals. See especially
the superb Norman south doorway and the east window stained glass.” Dickleburgh All Saints, near Diss. “Bold and dignified with a wonderful interior, which features a rare chancel screen, lovely 17th century pulpit and many other fine objects. Don’t miss the terrific south porch.” Tibenham All Saints, near
Attleborough. “Its striking high tower, which dwarfs the rest of the church, can be seen for miles around. Inside see the elevated Buxton pew, box pews and a grand pulpit.” Weston Longville All Saints, between Norwich and Dereham. “The evocative interior is a treasure house of good things.” 100 Norfolk Churches of Village and Countryside: A Further Selection, price £20, has a foreword by Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Richard Jewson.
Andrew Swift at Ashby St Mary