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Whilst you are travelling around the Fens you cannot fail to notice church spires in the distance towering above the flat Fens landscape, this is a rich heritage waiting for you to enjoy.

In Anglo Saxon times, the areas of dry land that rose above the fen attracted the attention of religious communities. This explains why the oldest churches are situated in a ring around the wash.

The ecclesiastical builders of the Fens designed on a grand scale. At Crowland the great medieval abbey was built on a massive scale. Although now only a fraction of its original size, the remains which still serve as the parish church dominate the Fen skyline for miles around.

You can discover more about the fascinating history of the Fens by visiting one of the churches, many of which now host special interpretative exhibitions telling the story of their construction and role in the local communities of the surrounding Fen.

Church Tourism in the Fens encourages people to visit all of our churches throughout the year during daylight hours, including service times. In cases where a church is normally locked, most churches are happy to provide a key to visitors.

For those with willing legs, a climb to the top of any tower is rewarded with spectacular panoramic views over mile upon mile of countryside which is so typically the Fens. From "Boston Stump" soaring 272 feet above the River Witham, one third of all Lincolnshire stretches out before you.

There are a series of 6 Church Tourism packs available for the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk Fens. Themes range from Saints & Sinners to Angels & Gargoyles covering a wide variety of buildings from the simple, Guyhirn Chapel of Ease to the magnificent church at Walpole St Peter.

If you would like to purchase any of the church trails booklets they are available the Wisbech tourist information centre at the cost of £2.50. To contact Wisbech tourism information call 01945 583263 or email at tourism@fenland.gov.uk

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The church of St. Wendrada in March has a spectacular double hammerbeam roof with 120 carved wooden angels. It featured in Dorothy L. Sayer's novel 'The Nine Taylors'.