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St Mary, Arkesden

Arkesden

 

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I left Wendens Ambo and was soon on the Royston road and under the M11, the traffic noise rapidly falling away behind me as I turned off and climbed, and climbed, and climbed away from the Cam Valley high into the hills along a lonely road to Arkesden.

Open. The churchyard gates and the outer gates were bolted back, the straight path from the village green looking most inviting. This is a lovely village, most attractive on its hillside site with a stream running along the high street. It really couldn't be in Suffolk or Norfolk. Externally, the church is dull, almost all a rebuild of the 1855 by GE Pritchett. The new tower replaced the ruin of a round tower which would have been East Anglia's most westerly. Internally it is good, with lots of interest - fabulous memorials, a mad one from the 16th Century and one of considerable quality from the 18th. A bit crisp for my tastes, and perhaps no greater than the sum of its parts, but while I was inside the sun came out filling it with light and it felt a very pleasant place to be.

I was tempted to head north and revisit the lovely Hamlet Church at Duddenhoe End, but remembering the hills from my last visit I took the shorter, wilder option through narrow lanes to Langley.

Simon Knott, May 2013

               

 

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