All Saints Church in North Runcton, Norfolk, this was one of the two churches that I found locked today. I was slightly annoyed because in the church guide for Norfolk churches that are kept open, All Saints was in the booklet. The church is in a very nice village with big houses surrounding the village green, but there was not a key holder posted on the door, not that I would ever go and knock on a door, I would a shop or pub, but never a house.
It has made me realise that I am never going to see all the interiors of the churches I want to visit, in fact looking through my photos I have noted that I have more exteriors than interiors of the churches I have visited. I’ve been lucky sometimes and passing a church that I have only seen the outside and for some reason or another the door has been open and I have been straight in. This is never going to happen in North Runcton though, I will never see the inside of this church, it is most probably not on the list of must see churches, but thats not the point, how many other people have walked away from that locked door. It looks a very hotchpotch little church, but it did look like it had some nice stained glass windows.
It is an interesting church, as I have found out…..the medieval church was flattened when the spire fell into the nave in 1701. There was only a handful of Anglican churches and chapels which were built in the Georgian period and All Saints was one of them. Designed by Henry Bell, the architect who also designed the Custom House and Dukes Head Hotel in Kings Lynn. The Victorians carried out repairs by taking out the galleries, box pews and pulpit, everything that makes it a Georgian Church, so probably, I will not make a return visit.