East Dereham: St Nicholas, East Dereham

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The present Norman church, which has its origins in the 12th century, is set on falling ground to the west of the town.
The churchyard contains the ancient monument of St Withburga's Well, supplied by a spring that is said to have issued forth from the burial place of Withburga, one of the four daughters of King Anna of East Anglia who reigned in the 7th century. Saint Withburga laid the foundation of a church and convent, the first Christian settlement in the area in the year 654.
Points of interest within the church include the 'Seven Sacrament Font', made in 1488, which has the Church's sacraments carved on the sides, the eighth showing the crucifixion, the eagle lectern, made in Liege around 1475, beautiful Tudor ceilings in the north and south transept, painted in the 15th century and the burial place of the poet William Cowper (1731-1800)with the famous Cowper window sited above the tomb.
The reredos (behind the high altar)was made in 1857 and painted in 1929.

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NR19 1DN
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Holy Communion (1662)
Every first Sunday at 8:00 AM for ¾ hour
Holy Communion
Every second third fourth and fifth Sunday at 8:00 AM for ¾ hour
Parish Communion
Every first second fourth and fifth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Service
Every third Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Holy Communion (1662)
Every third Sunday at 11:15 AM for ¾ hour


Holy Communion
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for ½ hour


Prayers for healing and wholeness
Every second Friday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Holy Communion
Every Friday at 12:00 PM for ½ hour



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass

Church Open We have an Open Church policy and endeavour to keep the church open during the hours of daylight.
www.backtochurch.com Hall for Hire Church House Hall is available for private hire at a cost of £7.50 per hour plus £5.00 for use of the kitchen during the hire. Further details from the Parish Office.
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2788
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: St Nicholas
Archdeaconry: LYNN (263)
Deanery: DEREHAM IN MITFORD (26310)
Parish Legal Name: East Dereham (260282 )
CofE Church Info: (626282 26/282)
Short URL: acny.uk/2788/
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The current editor is: Michael Callow

This page was last updated on Wednesday 30th November 2016
East Dereham: St Nicholas : Church Street, East Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DN

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