Rushford: St John the Evangelist, Rushford

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The church of St John the Evangelist is a bold structure, set off the road in a large and well-kept churchyard, comprising a large west tower and a nave of what was once a much larger cruciform church, sadly now lacking its transepts and chancel. In 1342 Edmund Gonville (co-founder of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge) founded and endowed a College for a Master and five priests here in Rushford, building a quadrangular college to the south of the church, parts of which still remain.

The present church has recently been lovingly restored by a small but hard-working community, including the rebuilding of the small Victorian apse, and is a regular and appealing venue for concerts. Its history, rural setting and its location in a very attractive village with its green and estate buildings makes this a memorable place to visit.

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Revd David Smith
The Rectory
Church Road
East Harling
NR16 2NB
01953 717140 (Priest-in-Charge) or 01842 753634 (Captain A M (Tony) Poulter OBE (Churchwarden))

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Holy Communion (CW)
Every first Sunday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Common Worship


Morning Prayer (CW)
A simple act of corporate prayer, using the Common Worship Daily Prayer book
Every Thursday at 9:15 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship


Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Church Open The church is usually kept locked but details of the key-holder may be found by the lych-gate or in the south porch.
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 10224
Built: 14th-19thc
Style of worship: Central
Archdeaconry: NORFOLK (262)
Deanery: THETFORD & ROCKLAND (26207)
Parish Legal Name: Rushford and Shadwell (260456 )
CofE Church Info: (626456 26/456)
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The current editor is: David Smith

This page was last updated on Thursday 7th September 2017
Rushford: St John the Evangelist : Church Lane, Rushford, Norfolk, IP24 2SE - Centre of the village, just off the main road down a short track

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