Saturday, 2 June 2012

Closed Churches - Hockering

That's a handsome church!
It is always something of a delight when, having travelled a considerable distance, Ragged Ramblers arrive at a hitherto unexplored church. Oh, the shiver of expectancy - the tingle of anticipation. 

A pleasing display of wrought iron work!
Such was the case with the church at Hockering in west Norfolk, which we visited on Friday 1st June 2012. We were delighted to find that it was safely 'cacooned' away. Indeed, not only were the gates bolted and the doors locked; just to be sure that it remained safe, we could find no signage telling us where to contact a local keyholder. 

"Quite right too!" exclaimed Munro Tweeder-Harris, Esq.
"After all, we don't think that we would cause any damage or steal anything - but who's to say for sure?"
"Indeed! Why, even now I'm beginning to doubt my own intentions in coming here. I fear that, had these good people not decided to prevent me entering this wonderful looking church, I may have... well, who knows," said the precipitous Thadeus Basil-Snapper (the third!), scratching his chin in contemplation.

We then sat on the bench, thoughtfully provided for excluded visitors, and considered how - had we been allowed in - we might have removed the lead from the church roof from the inside. 

"It might be some kind of challenge for the thieves Munro; after all, one would normally approach a task like that from the outside." 
"Quite possibly so Thadeus. Well, at least we have been provided with this bench. It's those thoughtful human touches which make all the difference."

... and Remember - they don't want you visiting!

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