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East Dereham

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8, tenor 22-3-21 in Eb

Monday 19h30

East Dereham Church image

East Dereham Church

The old bells, a heavy five, were originally hung in the central tower which, prior to the 16c was one stage higher and boasted a tall spire. Concerns over the strength of the tower (or lack thereof) prompted the building of the present massive detached campanile. The five bells were transferred to the new tower but it was not long before Thomas Newman recast these into a 14cwt ring of six. Just 25 years later, in 1742, Lester & Pack of Whitechapel were commissioned to cast a new heavy ring of eight. Only two of these bells remain, the rest having been recast at various dates.

The town of Dereham dates back to Saxon times and was probably founded in the seventh century when St Withburga founded a monastery. She was the youngest daughter of Anna, King of East Angles who was killed in battle in 654. After his death Withburga became a nun and settled with other holy women in Dereham, which they had picked as a site for a holy religious foundation. When she died she was buried in Dereham Churchyard, but her body was stolen by monks sent by the Abbot of Ely. It was re-interred near those of her royal sisters St Ethelreda and St Saxburga. In the place where Withburga's body was wrenched from the earth a spring started to flow with healing properties. Withburga is still remembered in Dereham. (Roger Peckham)

Location

  • BranchWestern
  • CountyNorfolk
  • PostcodeNR19 1EB
  • DioceseNorwich
  • Latitude52.68082
  • Longitude0.93828
  • Grid RefTF987132

Ringing

  • Bells8
  • Tenor22-3-21 in Eb
  • ConditionExcellent
  • AccessibilityGood
  • Flight of wooden spiral stairs
  • Practice DayMonday 19h30
  • Sunday Service Ringing09h00
  • First PealPlain Bob Major
  • 03 June 1754

Extra Information

  • Detached tower
  • Simulator Available

Membership

12
2001
12
2002
12
2003
11
2004
13
2005
12
2006
10
2007
9
2008
10
2009
14
2010
13
2011
11
2012
12
2013
9
2014
10
2015

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