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All Saints, Tolleshunt Knights

Tolleshunt Knights

 

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Redundant, reused by an Orthodox community. Locked, no keyholder. You come down from Tolleshunt Knights, a suburb of the town of Tiptree, almost two miles down a narrow lane, the line of a disused railway. About halfway you pass the Orthodox monastery, and they have ownership of the church now. It was abandoned in 1957 and they saved it, but I am afraid that it is a poor, ramshackle thing, cracks in the walls and damp under the eaves. I imagine that the quietism of Orthodoxy will probably just let it fall.

As I cycled back up hill towards the monastery, a nun was walking down in the opposite direction, and can only have been going to the church, perhaps to set it up for the evening liturgy, but it seemed inappropriate to ask her if she had the key. We exchanged greetings, but I don't suppose my Greek or her English could have let me get across what I wanted. If she had been an English nun, then of course I would have asked, and if she had been an Irish nun then no doubt she would have asked me! But the Orthodox church does not allow photographs of its icons,so there was little point in going inside unless I could do so unattended.

In fact, I have actually been inside before, many years ago, about twenty I should think, on a field trip that Suffolk Education Authority ran for teachers, when Education authorities still did those things. It was 'spend a day in an Orthodox monastery', so how could I possibly resist. We attended the evening liturgy which went on for some two hours and was fabulous.

Simon Knott, August 2014

               

 

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