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St Mary and All Saints, Debden

Debden

 

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And then a good three miles up hill and down dale led me to Debden, which claims to be twinned with somewhere in Nepal. The village had a vaguely hippyish air, as if it was actually in east Suffolk, and on the main road a large professional sign pointed to the church and said OPEN EVERY DAY. You go down a long track into the grounds of the Hall (demolished in the 1930s) to the extraordinary sight of St Mary and All Saints

Open. If you go to Messing for a 17th Century chancel, you come here for an 18th Century one, but unlike Messing this is obvious from the exterior, too. Everything is spiked and glazed like a wedding cake. You approach from the east, which is extraordinary enough. From the west, it looks like a public school chapel with an Essex tower bolted on. You step into a church with a relatively sane nave, it is the chancel which is bonkers. You go up half a dozen steps, and it is an octagonal space with long pendula hanging from the roof. Below the chancel is the mausoleum. Quite how Simon Jenkins missed this but included neighbouring Radwinter is beyond me - maybe he got lost and went to the wrong church.

It was 5pm, and I could have returned to Newport at this point, but I had originally planned to do one more, some three miles to the north-east, and I decided the day would be spoilt if I didn't, so I raced through the increasingly flat roads to reach Wimbish.

Simon Knott, May 2013

               

 

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