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The Church of the Nine Tailors

October 7, 2014

On our way to Wisbech we halted at the village of Upwell, situated on the River Nene, to see the church that was the inspiration for Dorothy L. Sayer’s famous detective story “The Nine Tailors”, featuring her hero Lord Peter Wimsey. Norfolk 2014 069

Although the setting of the exterior is very different fromUpwell Church

Upwell Church

Upwell, the interior is spot on. You can well imagine Wimsey there, the dark wooden tiered galleries – Georgian – allowing you to get right up to the hammerbeams and spandrels of

Upwell Church

Upwell Church

the roof.  And particularly close to the many carved angels. A rare opportunity to get up near to the ceiling of an English church.

Upwell Church (c) John Bainbridge 2014

Upwell Church (c) John Bainbridge 2014

If the church is locked, you can borrow the key by stepping across the river to the Post Office.

Stone Head at Upwell Church (c) John Bainbridge 2014

Stone Head at Upwell Church (c) John Bainbridge 2014

Upwell Church (c) John Bainbridge 2014

Upwell Church (c) John Bainbridge 2014

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2014 10:03 pm

    Superb church and great photos of it! Good idea to keep the key in the nearby Post Office nowadays though…

  2. October 10, 2014 6:52 am

    I should have said that this was just one of several churches Sayers had in mind.

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