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Walsoken, Exterior

Walsoken, Exterior

Photographer: Johnson, Edward

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 4707.g.2

Item number: 2

Length: 12.4

Width: 17.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

At the west end of the parish church of Walsoken "is a massive tower of four stories, pinnacled, and surmounted by a spire. The two lower stories are Early English, and have shafted arcades of good design, continued round the angular turrets. The upper stories are loftier, but not so well formed, the ornamental part degenerating into a mere shallow lancet panelling. The clere-story has battlements, and crocketed pinnacles between the windows. At the east gable of the nave is a neat bell-cot for the sanctus bell. The vestry has apparently been formed out of the south aisle of the chancel, and has a priest's chamber in the upper story. The windows belong to the latest or debased period of Gothic architecture, having square mouldings, with plain vertical mullions. This part of the exterior and the fine Norman arch of the west entrance represent the two extreme points of the ecclesiastical architecture of the middle ages."

Text by John Davies from the book 'The Fen and Marshland Churches'.

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