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All Saints, Norton Mandeville

Norton Mandeville

 

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I cycled on through Shellow Bowells (I kid you not) and onwards, because the next church I wanted to visit was very remote, and the route to it very convoluted. First, I headed through the pleasant village of Willingales, plural because it was originally split into two parishes, and the two parish churches of Willingale Spain and Willingale Doe share a churchyard. But I visited these two about 18 months ago, so I cycled straight past and then through tiny, winding lanes for about three miles without seeing another soul other than another solitary cyclist headed in the opposite direction.. Eventually, I came to a turn off which led me slowly downhill for about a mile and a half to a dead end where there is a farm and All Saints, Norton Mandeville.

Open. Utterly delightful little Essex church sitting high on a bluff looking to the oilseed rape fields dropping away to the south. The setting is a bit like Strethall to the north, but the church more typically small Essex with a wooden bellcote. Several paths meet here, and the church is obviously left open all the time. Very well-kept interior, star piece is an ornate harmonium. Church of the day. The church is actually in the parish of High Ongar, but to get to there by road would have meant a bike ride of at least three miiles, and almost six miles if I wanted to avoid the busy Chelmsford to Harlow road (which I did). However, a bridle way led south-west of the church which was (just) good enough to cycle, even though I knew I wasn't really supposed to, so I took it and in little over a mile I was at High Ongar.

Simon Knott, April 2014

               

 

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