St Anne’s, Beeley

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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We were hardly going to sit in a churchyard without trying the door… especially when it sits under its original Norman arch dating back to the middle of the 12th century. We had been here before, but for once, I could not for the life of me remember what the interior held… only a vague impression of quiet simplicity. Thinking back, it had been ‘weird weekend’ and almost a year ago… and the events of that weekend had been enough to erase a simple church from memory. That was when the Black Shade had first put in an appearance too…

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The archway is original, with its weathered head above the more modern keystone, but the marble pillars and guardian demons are Victorian… even though the demaons themelves are quite spectacular. When you look closely, they appear to be almost owl-like, but also echo the foliage of the Green Man… and…

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