United Kingdom Houghton on the Hill - St Mary's Church

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James Billings.

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Although not used for regular services, this church is a delicate building of historic importance. It is still consecrated and people may visit here for private worship.

About this spot
The small church of St Mary, hidden away in a quiet spot in Norfolk, has a lot of history. It's existed in one form or another for 1000 years but its final service was probably in 1944. It then began to be quietly reclaimed by nature until the 80s when it was documented as being in a dangerous state with the windows and roof missing.
Discovered by a local couple on a walk, and finding signs of the ruins being used for satanic rituals, they made it their mission to restore the church.
In 1996, a contractor spotted some paint on one of the walls, and these were discovered to be wall paintings of significant historic importance, showing a quality notably above that of other churches and it was decided to preserve the wall art as much as possible.

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