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All Saints

Minstead,

The forest crowds up to the churchyard here, and yews and oaks overhang the lychgate. From the outside, the little church looks rather like a cottage with extensions added willy-nilly. The informal feel is reinforced inside with an enchanting jumble of seats, private pews and galleries dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. All Saints probably looks as many rural churches did before Victorian restorations tidied them up; its remote rural setting helped it to escape such attentions. So the private pews remained, some with fireplaces and furnishings. The tomb of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, is in the churchyard.

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