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We meet Tim Bentinck, bet­ter-known as David Archer of Ra­dio 4’s The Archers

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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

Tiben­ham church

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