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Baptist church, Foulsham
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Johnny Cash himself, of course, was a Baptist, once his hell-raising days were over, but I don't suppose he ever knew about this Norfolk village that shared a name with his most famous song. Oh well. The date of the chapel is 1826, and I was rather hoping that it would retain its original furnishings, as this would be a rare date, but they have been gone these twenty years or more. Still remaining are the pretty balconies in white-painted wood, although the actual pews in the balcony are unpainted. I wondered what the seating below had been like. It would have been interesting to know, but all the same this is a very pleasing, harmonious interior, and you can't blame them for wanting to make it more comfortable - after all, the Baptist tradition is a growth area in English Christianity.
At the back of the building are Victorian schoolrooms, pleasantly converted into meeting and office space. At one time, there were stables as at Carleton Rode Baptist church, but these were demolished for the new areas. All in all, a pleasing little chapel, and it looks fit for the future.
Simon Knott, July 2006
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