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“It's easily missed. Don't”
Review of East Church

East Church
Reviewed 25 October 2016

It's all to easy to walk past this architectural wonder, and you'd be missing out. For starters, you'll never have seen so many daddy long legs, for some unknown reason uncommonly attracted to the outer church walls. The inner wooden church has been restored extensively in the 21st century after services ceased in 1998. It's a fascinating repository of history and decoration well explained via leaflets left for visitors. Wonder at the soldier who saw dysentery as a minor inconvenience when "war broke out in Afghanistan" (ie we invaded), and at the orange version of Van Gogh's Starry Starry Night as background decoration, the wooden galleries and the great pulpit. For those who like their decayed graveyards this is also a treat with plenty of skull and crossbone decorated tombs and one for the 19th century dignitary where people have left pennies (not that he needed them in life. He funded much restoration, then hired out the seats in the church gallery behind his family pew). In season there are free blackberries to be had at the back of the graveyard.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Lindberg
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Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The simplicity of the church and it's design, decor etc were powerful in portraying its role in the community. Anything added was carefully considered and subtly handled. Information supplied outlined the important aspects of the church and its constituent elements.

Charming.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

If you enjoy church visiting, don't miss this one. A well cared for redundant church, it has a lovely atmosphere and there are many interesting details to look at. The graveyard is very picturesque. For kids? Our son is so used to being dragged round old buildings that he really liked this one. But for any kids, the church and graveyard are good for an explore and maybe some pretend-play, and they're free.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 17 July 2016

Lovely flower arrangements. Great art fair. Friendly volunteers. Such an interesting building and churchyard.... some of the graves will break your heart though....

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank tlmsinw
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Reviewed 30 December 2015

This is a really fascinating old church. The atmosphere inside is very atmospheric and the churchyard in particular is interesting. The graves are covered in moss and there was lots of holly as well in the churchyard. There is a book available to read detailing all the changes to the church over the centuries.

Date of experience: November 2015
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