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West Walton, Exterior

West Walton, Exterior

Photographer: Johnson, Edward

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 4707.g.2

Item number: 4

Length: 17.9

Width: 12.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Exterior of the 13th-century English parish church of West Walton St Mary showing "the grand detatched campanile, standing about 60 feet from the church on the south aisle, forming at once a grand portal to the church-yard and a lich-gate. The dates of the alterations which have been so ruthlessly made in this church, each sadly detracting from its first perfect design, are all easily recognised by the various styles they have been made in. This beautiful church had not been completed a hundred years before its first great injury was received by the widening of the aisles, which necessitated the raising of their roofs, by which the arcaded clere-story was almost lost, leaving only the arches visible, and the interesting south porch, only half of its original depth."

Text by the Rector of Walton E E Blencowe from the book 'The Fen and Marshland Churches'.

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