More about my neighbourhood

For this week’s edition of Jacqueline’s ‘Echoes of My Neighbourhood’ #8, I have photographs of two quintessentially British landmarks.

Last week I shared pictures of our village sign, a huge oak in the centre of the village and fields in the flat landscape of Norfolk. I also mentioned a pub and a church.


Outside the pub there are two icons of old-fashioned but longstanding methods of communication: a Royal Mail postbox and a telephone box – both red, of course! The postman delivers our post and empties the postbox daily, except for Sundays. Unfortunately, the telephone box’s insides have been removed and we have been left with an empty shell, all due to advances in technology. Everybody seems to have a mobile phone these days – except we can’t get a signal in our village and have to rely on our trusty old landline. How long will it be before they disappear too?


The church is small and very pretty, especially in the spring. It has a bell and a small graveyard, which inspired some of my poems: ‘Alice’s Grave’, ‘Impending Storm’, ‘Final Resting Place’ and ‘A Rural Sunday’.

7 thoughts on “More about my neighbourhood

    1. St Nicholas church in Dilham is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk. You can see it from the main road across fields and approach it from Dilham via a pretty lane, lined by poplar trees. The original medieval building was demolished in the 18th century and replaced with a new building. However, 19th century additions and elaborations could not prolong its life. In 1835 the church was pulled down after 450 years of standing and replaced with a Round Tower. In 1931 it was reduced to a ground floor baptistery with a truncated round tower and an understated angel roof. The stations of the cross are displayed around the church walls and surviving from the old church are a medieval font, the organ, and a large piece of lead set in a wooden frame; It has a long Latin inscription on it, mentioning the demolition of the old west end and the building of the round tower in 1835. The bell in a turret in the southwest corner was cast by John Brend in Norwich in 1653.

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