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The holy well of SAINT WITHBURGA at East Dereham.
Withburga was originally buried on this site but the evil monks of Ely stole her relics and they have never been returned.
The seven sacrament font inside ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH, East Dereham. It was commissione in 1468 and cost £12 14s. 9d.
The bell tower of St. Nicholas Church was built, separate from the main church, in the mid 14th. Century.
William Cowper is buried in St. Nicholas Church.
Girls just want to have fun and the the two wicked sisters had loads of fun on Branchester Beach.
North Elmham Chapel.
In the late Saxon period North Elmham was the principal seat of the Bishops of East Anglia and the centre of a great episcopal estate. Excavations have revealed evidence for an earlier timber structure, probably the Anglo-Saxon cathedral, which went out of use when the seat of the Bishop was transferred to Thetford in 1071. Some time between 1091 and 1119 Bishop Herbert de Losinga founded a new parish church for the village and built a small private chapel for his own use on the site of the old timber church. In the 14th century, Bishop Henry le Despencer held the manor of North Elmham. He turned the chapel into a house and in 1388 obtained a royal licence to fortify. He was not a popular man, especially in Norfolk where he was despised for his merciless quashing of the Peasants’ Revolt, and this fortification suggests he felt ill at ease among his tenants. There is no record of any bishop occupying the site after Henry’s death in 1406 though manorial courts continued to be held there. When Elmham passed into the hands of the notorious Thomas Cromwell the ‘castle’ site was assigned to the vicarage and gradually fell into ruin. (ENGLISH HERITAGE)
The tower of St. Mary's Church, NORTH ELMHAM.
Saint Helen's Church, GATELEY.
I had half an hour to spare whilst I waited for a neighbour of my in-laws to turn up with a key. I popped into this church just for something to do. It turned out to be the most interesting 30 minutes of my trip. This is a truly beautiful and holy place and I recommend that anyone who finds themselves in this neck of the woods should take the opportunity to pay this little, well hidden church a visit.
There is a (14th. Century) rood screen (which somehow managed to escape the vandalism of the Reformation) with fine paintings thought to be East Anglia, which are of a local flavor. The Saints chosen for the screen are for local devotions. From left to right they are Saint Etheldreda, foundress of the Diocese of Ely shown as a nun with a Latin inscription, Scta Adria, or Saint Audrey. Next is Saint Elizabeth, also shown dressed in a nun's habit and her arms crossed as if in an echo of the Visitation, The Blessed Virgin, turned to face her cousin. A third image is of the Mistress of Ridibowne, a local devotion. Virtually nothing is known about her. Ridibowne was probably either Redbowne in Lincolnshire or Redbowne in Hertfordshire. On the other side of the screen are paintings of Saint Louis of France, Henry VI labeled in Latin as 'the Blessed Martyr Henry VI' , St Augustine and Sir John Schorne, conjuring the devil into a boot. Sir John Schorne was a clergyman, he is said to be best known for his ability to cure the gout. (WIKIPEDIA)
Oooh, yes! that's the spot.
And the dead won't mind.