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St Andrew, Guist
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This little church will be a familiar sight to anyone travelling up the road between Norwich and Fakenham, just to the east of its fairly large, attractive village. Unusually for this part of Norfolk, St Andrew is kept locked during the day. There is a key available at the village shop, but be aware that the shop is closed on Saturday afternoons.
Herbert Green, the diocesan architect at the end of the 19th century, went to town here, and the chancel and north aisle are his rebuilding, in a dull, perfunctory style, using most unsympathetic grey knapped flint. The mock-low side window is an odd touch. However, the body of the nave is still lovely on the south side, the Tudor windows attractive with their different widths. The tower, which is the earliest part of the building, is stark, the top looking as if it was prepared for a battlement stage right at the end of the Perpendicular period, but it never happened.
As I say, the key is unavailable on a Saturday afternoon, and that was when I turned up, and so I could not get inside. John Salmon's photos below show an extensively restored interior with lots of Ward & Hughes' rich coloured glass, but the font is medieval and there is an interesting collection of memorials, not least the coffin shaped slab to Borley-Rice Wickes, who died at the age of one month in 1736, a sad and austere moment.
Simon Knott, July 2006
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