Saturday, April 16, 2011

St. Nicholas Churches Around the World - Dereham, Norfolk, United Kingdom

St. Nicholas Church
Dereham, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Image Courtesy: Norfolk Churches
This is not only a very beautiful St. Nicholas Church but a very old and historic one. It was founded in the year 654 when St. Withburga - the daughter of King Anna - laid the foundation for a church and convent. 
St. Withburga
Image Courtesy: Wikipedia
This image of the beloved saint is found on the medieval rood screen of the church. There are the images of five other saints upon it as well - St. John the Baptist, the container holding St. Mary Magdala's myrrh, St. Thomas of Canterbury, and St. John the Evangelist (the sixth one is in fragments).

St. Nicholas Church with it's two Bell Towers and that which is known as the Well of St. Withburger.
(According to my source the water in this well was said to be holy and able to miraculously heal those who drink it)
Image courtesy: Geograph
There is so much more to this church's history but that which quite struck me is that it is the resting place of the man who gave us one of the most quoted verses today. In fact, when I included the verse in one of my novels many wrote to me how surprised they were to learn that it was from the pen of this "modern" man and not from the Bible itself! The man is William Cowper...
William Cowper
(Poet and Hymnodist)
(1731-1800)
Image Courtesy: Wikipedia
Artist: Lemuel Abbott
And his most famous words:
God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
(Olney Hymns (1779)--"Light Shining out of Darkness")
In light of this verse it is so fitting that William Cowper should be buried in a church dedicated to St. Nicholas; a saint whose wonder-working association with the sea is so great.

I'd like to extend many thanks to Angela Almond at Tracing Rainbows for not only telling me about this lovely church but for giving me such a lovely run down on its history too! Please visit her blog - it's all about "Experiencing God's Grace In The Everyday!" Something she manages so well!

30 comments:

Kas said...

Gotta love the old pommy churches. In Oxfordshire there is a lovely one I love in the village of Chadlington where I was born.

Sara Bentley said...

What a lovely posting -- beautiful church and beautiful quote!

Out on the prairie said...

I think this place has charm.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Ann, this is so beautiful, truly, your dedication to this influential individual of God's mercy is remarkable. Enjoy a blessed weekend with all those you love....and give kitty Edward a pat for me....Anita

Lois Evensen said...

What a lovely church. I love following your series of St. Nicholas churches.

While in England and Belgium my oldest son and I visited a great number of churches. We found the history of countries wrapped up in the history of those churches.

Angela said...

Ann - thank you so much for posting this about 'My' St Nicholas' Church. It does have a great history, as you say - the early links with St Withburga, and the later ones with William Cowper the great hymnwriter.

May you have a truly blessed Easter x

fernvalley01 said...

I never knew where that qote came from , how intersting! and such a beautiful church!

Junibears said...

Well you're getting ever closer to me Ann. Dereham is only about 20 miles from here and I have actually been inside this church.
Love xx

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

What a beautiful Church, this series is turning into being a masterpiece. Diane

Thisisme. said...

This Church is a bit closer to home! It looks very pretty. You do really well to find all these lovely Churches for us to look at.

Dogwood said...

Hi Hi Hi to you.
Another interesting post.
Where is Edward?
How is he doing?
Have a fun weekend.
Hugs, Dogwood

JackDaddy said...

Such beautiful churches. I love looking at old buildings!

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

So interesting to find out where that saying or quote came from. Thanks for sharing :-) xo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

teeeeheeee! Sweet Penny has one of her characters, BEBE going to Hawaii; she also made a little Bear named Lily who wears an Easter bonnet. Well, I started Tea Rat wearing an bonnet himself, and all that caused some fun banter between us. So we egged on Rattus, who is very conservative, to SHAKE HIS BUM once and a while and have some fun! Sooooo...there he is sporting a grass skirt...I hope you heard the silly hula music. It was giving me a hard time this morning!!! THANKS FOR COMING TO NOWHERE!!! Anita

P.S., Ruben is in the process of writing the text to go with my drawing; I did it, as you can probably tell, in a HURRY!!!

Liesl said...

Hi Ann! Lovely church and pictures. You are doing a beautiful job here!

Pat said...

Lovely church.. my husband's grandmother comes from Dereham! Its a small world, indeed :) xx

Elaine said...

Beautiful church and interesting history!

BEAR's Mom said...

this is a lovely church
i'm loving this series Ann
BEAR and I wish you and
EDWARD a blessed week~
the holiest week of the year~
~victoria~

Heartfire At Home said...

Hi Ann! It was lovely to see you again, and my apologies also for my infrequent visits! I've been so busy lately that just getting a few posts up on the blog has seemed a mammoth task.

Such a lovely church, and certainly steeped in history. It's still utterly amazing to me that such magnificent buildings could be built in such early and primitive times without all the building technology we have today. Truly divine and blessed places.

Linda. xox

troutbirder said...

I knew I had read that name before. And there is was in "mysterious ways." :)

Erna said...

Hi Ann, beautiful story and an intersting story..did you know we have a St Nicolas church in Amsterdam?
Erna x

Madi and Mom said...

What a beautiful church and it appears to be a large one. I love the design.
Madi and Mom

Michele said...

very beautiful! and i shall visit the God's grace blog right away! xo

Remington said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Love your blogs!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Simply breathtaking Ann.. The verse from the pen of William Cowper is so powerful to me..
Holy blessings to you this week. Thank you for your most welcome visit.
fondly,
Penny

Rebecca said...

Those churches are wonderful! Such details and elegance!

imac said...

Interesting, been there too, have relies in Brandon, not too far from Dereham.

Having trouble with my net connections at the moment, keeps popping on and off a lot.
Got Virgin coming out thurs, hoping to have it fixed and working all the time.

Codeine said...

nice
good job
xoxo

Stacey said...

Really beautiful Ann! Thanks for sharing:-). Hope you're having a wonderful week.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

What a task you set yourself with all these churches.

I'll have to try and visit this one in Norfolk.

God bless.