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“The Pinecone”: Forgotten genius

In a remote rural corner of northern England stands a small, deceptively simple-looking church, built in the early 1840s. The church, St. Mary's in the village of Wreay, Cumbria, is remarkable for several reasons. It was built in a style -- the Romanesque or Norman, although the architect called it "Saxon" -- that recalls the earliest Christian churches but that was decidedly out of fashion at the time.