Archive for the ‘Norfolk’ Category

Edith Cavell was buried outside Norwich Cathedral following the return of her body from Belgium in 1919. To mark the centenary of her death, a new headstone was produced

In addition, a series of paintings depicting her life were commisioned to be displayed inside the cathedral.

Paintings depicting (left to right): Edith at work in Brussels; Arrest and interrogation; her execution and the return of her body to the UK after the end of WW1.

Norwich Cathedral has some wonderful stained glass windows.



Window celebrating Norwich’s Benedictine heritage



Norwich Cathedral (4)

Posted: July 17, 2018 in History, Norfolk, UK

The14th-century altar panel in St Luke’s Chapel


The relic nitch situated beneath the Bishops seat

                Memorial to, and the tomb of, Bishop Herbert, first Bishop of Norwich                              and builder of the first Cathedral in Norwich.

Wonderful architecture and furnishings

Norwich Cathedral (3)

Posted: July 10, 2018 in History, Norfolk, UK

Some of my favourite things about Norwich Cathedral.


Most striking is the font. Originally a vessel from a local chocolate factory, it was presented to the Cathedral and converted into a font when the factory closed.


The medieval font

The Pulpit


Wall painting

Organ and Lectern

This statue of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington was erected in Norwich about a year after his death in 1852. It was originally situated near the castle but was moved in 1937, as the result of a new road layout, to a place in the Cathedral Grounds.

The Duke is shown on a plinth decorated with a coat of arms and regimental colours. The Norfolk Chronicle reported the unveiling ceremony in 1853:

The hero is represented in the identical boots, cloak, and some other portions of the dress actually worn at Waterloo, which were placed at the service of Mr Adams, the sculptor, when he was modelling the figure.’

The coat of arms shows the Duke’s insignia as knight of the garter, knight of the golden fleece and of the bath, resting on his four field marshal’s batons and framed by regimental colours.

The statue underwent restoration in 2014 and the names of Wellington’s battles recorded are now clearly legible.

Entering the Cathedral, you are faced with a wonderful lofty building with magnificent Norman architecture.

But for me, I think its real glory is the wonderful fan-vaulted ceiling.

The origins of Norwich Cathedral date back to 1096 with the relocation of the bishop’s seat from Thetford. The site had been an Anglo-Saxon settlement including 2 earlier churches, which were demolished to make room for the new building. It took almost 50 years for it to be completed. The Cathedral was part of a monastery of Benedictine monks. The East End and Spire were rebuilt and remodelled on a number of occasions up until 1480. Cathedral, as we see it today, is pretty much as it was in that year. The exception is the Lady Chapel added in 1930, the original 13th-century chapel having been demolished in the 16th century.

Norwich Cathedral By Simon Leatherdale, CC BY-SA 2.0, (

Entrance into the Cathedral Precincts is by one of two gates

Ethelbert Gate

The Ethelbert Gate commemorates one of the Saxon Churches demolished in the building of the Cathedral. The original was destroyed in the riots of 1272 but was rebuilt in the early 14th century

Erpingham Gateway

The Erpingham Gateway dates from 1420 and is named for a city Benefactor, Sir Thomas Erpingham, who had been a military commander in the armies of Henry IV and Henry V but who is perhaps best known for being the commander of the archers at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 at the age of 60.

Weybourne Church

Posted: May 24, 2018 in History, Norfolk, UK, Uncategorized

Weybourne is a small village on the North Norfolk Coast. The church as we see it today is all that remains of the 13th-century Augustinian priory, which was built on the site of an earlier parish church of Saxon or Norman origin. They greatly expanded the church and built a range of buildings to the north of the existing church and it must have been a fairly grand building judging by the remains that can be seen today. It was short-lived, however, and by the middle of the 15th century the occupancy had dwindled to 4 cannons and by 1514 this had become 2, the prior and one other canon. It was dissolved in 1536.

Part of this original church can be found incorporated into the priory building.


The interior has a 15th-century hammerbeam roof although much of the internal decor dates from Victorian times


The church of All Saints, Weybourne is now a village parish church again.

Views of Cromer

Posted: May 23, 2018 in History, Norfolk, UK

Cromer is a lovely seaside town on the north coast of Norfolk. One of the delightful things about the town is the way in which they have resisted the temptation to knock down and rebuild buildings once they have served their primary function. Examples of this are the Old Town Hall, now retail premises and the old hospital now a social club.

The Old Town Hall (left) and the Old Hospital (bottom right) together with the original , but amended, hospital sign on the front balcony (top right)

Cromer has some lovely churches as well


This site on the sea-front overlooking the pier is believed to have been the location of an unnamed hotel in early town records but in 1820 this was demolished and a summer retreat house was built for Lord Suffield. Suffield was MP for Great Yarmouth 1806-12 and for Shaftesbury in 1820 before taking his seat in the House of Lords following his brother’s death a year later. He was a strong advocate of the abolition of the slave trade.

However, his Cromer residence was only to last 10 years and in 1830 the house was put up for sale. The site was purchased by Pierre le Francoise. His parents, French aristocrats, had come to England to escape the French revolution. The hotel is listed in 1836 as ‘a boarding house’ but by 1845 had acquired the name ‘ Hotel de Paris’. Le Francois died in 1841, but the hotel continued to be run by his widow until she sold it to a local businessman, Henry Jarvis in 1845. He extended the original building by adding more accommodation.

In 1877 the railway came to Cromer and Henry’s son Alex decided to build a new hotel which would incorporate the original building but would also encompass neighbouring buildings including another hotel. The hotel remained in the Jarvis family until 1961.


And of course, Cromer has a lighthouse


A rough sea

Posted: May 22, 2018 in Landscape, Natural History, Norfolk, UK


During the recent trip to Norfolk, Keitha and I experienced a day with 60 mph winds and driving rain. We avoided the coast that day, but the following morning we went down to the front and although the winds had dropped the sea was still rough.



It makes you wonder what it was like there on the day of the gale?