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St John, Twinstead

Twinstead

 

Click on the 'play' symbol in the second image to see all my photographs of this church as a slide show, then click on any image in the slideshow to see it large in a new page.

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As I left Great Henny church on its hilltop the rain had already restarted, but the wind was behind me so I headed down hill and along increasingly narrow, winding and hilly lanes, branching off at unlikely angles and increasingly flooded as if forded by non-existent rivers, until I reached Twinstead.

Open. A superlative 19th Century church - everything comes together, and if it was in London or Manchester everyone would talk about it. 'Every bit as ecclesiastical as one could hope for' says the revised Pevsner, despite its modest size and plan. The architect was someone called Goodyer, and it is the full works of polychromatic brick, EE and Dec windows, seemly furnishings, shadowy chancel for incense-led worship. Remarkably, it was completed just a year after Butterfield's pattern book All Saints Margaret Street in London, which became a touchstone for churches of this kind.

I thought it was gorgeous, with so much attention to detail. It is mindful of its setting, and feels like a rural church, not an urban one. The glass, again by Hardman, is 'remarkably good', as the new Pevsner observes. The church replaced an 18th Century predecessor which in turn had replaced a medieval church, an etching of which hangs at the back of the church - it looked like a small version of nearby Pebmarsh.

There is a rare High Victorian moment in the churchyard, a memorial cross decorated with minton tiles.

Simon Knott, October 2012

               

 

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