A delight for visitors

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SEVERAL tourists including groups visited St Wendreda’s Church in March recently.

Their prime interest was to see the internationally acclaimed double hammer beam angel roof installed in 1526.

They were shown around by Trevor Bevis who explained the history of the former pilgrimage church dating mainly to the 14th century and the known history of March’s St Wendreda, the roof a memorial to the healer counsellor who died at March in the late 7th Century.

Mr Bevis says the roof is the main attraction to visitors including those from abroad and the roof is mentioned in several international publications.

It was constructed by the Rollesbury Brothers at Bacton, Suffolk, and the sections brought to March along Fen waterways.

The roof is considered to be the finest and most original of its kind and has 118 angels in full flight. It is a fine engineering achievement.

Visitors are surprised to learn that the wood carvers copied each other’s profiles when producing the figures.