Norwich: St John the Baptist Timberhill, Norwich

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St John the Baptist is the main Anglican church of the Catholic tradition in  Norwich city centre. The church is open daily for private prayer and worship - it usually closes after the High Mass on a Sunday. The parish also includes St Julian's church, which houses the cell of Julian of Norwich. Mass is said daily (apart from the Rector's day off, which is Thursday) either at St John's or at St Julian's church.

Services at St John's are held according to the modern rites of the Western Church, celebrated with traditional ceremonial.  At St Julian's the services are diverse and based on Common Worship.

Our congregation is gathered from a wide area of Norfolk and Suffolk, and is made up of people of all ages and backgrounds. Our parish mass is enlivened by strong congregational singing and clouds of incense, symbolising our prayers rising to heaven. Refreshments are always available after Sundayt mass and visitors are warmly invited to join us.  

The parish takes pride in offering the masses and services appropriate to the greast feasts of the year, including Holy Week and Easter. Details of any special services can be found in the Parish Newsletter. We are also one of the few parishes which celebrates the service of Benediction with traditional solemnity each month at St Julian's.

We enjoy the opportunity to celebrate Baptisms and Weddings. For further enquiries please contact the Rector

St John the Baptist on Timberhill in Norwich is one of the smaller medieval churches in the city. Although the 'long and short' work in the east wall indicates a date very soon after the Norman Conquest, the present church was largely built around 1420. Once you step inside St John's, the modern, open interior is a reflection of an active and lively parish.

St Julian's church suffered severe bomb damage during the second world war, but largely due to the care of the Community of All Hallows Dirchingham, it has been restored and preserved. It functions both as a parish church and a shrine of international importance because of its association with Julian of Norwich.

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Fr Christopher Wood SSC
The Rectory
8 Kilderkin Way
Rouen Road
Norwich NR1 1RD
(01603) 626104

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High Mass
Every Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Family Friendly Refreshments Incense


Low Mass
Every Tuesday at 12:00 PM for 25 minutes


Low Mass
Every Wednesday at 12:00 PM for 25 minutes


Low Mass
Every Saturday at 12:00 PM for 25 minutes



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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2634
Built: 1370
Style of worship: Traditional Catholic
Archdeaconry: NORWICH (261)
Deanery: NORWICH (EAST) (26104)
CofE Church Info: (626101 26/101)
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This page was last updated on Monday 16th February 2015
Norwich: St John the Baptist Timberhill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3LA - Timberhill and Golden Ball Street opposite John Lewis Store

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