TG2410 : The site of St William's chapel in Mousehold Heath

taken 8 years ago, near to Sprowston, Norfolk, Great Britain

The site of St William's chapel in Mousehold Heath
The site of St William's chapel in Mousehold Heath
In 1144 the body of a boy - William, a tanner's apprentice from Norwich - was found on at this spot in Mousehold Heath. His death was believed to have been the result of ritual murder carried out by Jews. He attained the status of saint and martyr, and after initially having been buried where he was found, his body was exhumed and enshrined in 1150 in the Norwich (now Anglican) Cathedral. A chapel that already stood here - belonging to the priory that once stood here and dedicated to St Catherine de Monte - was to be re-consecrated to the honour of William. Until this day the site is being kept clear of bracken and brambles and it can easily be found. It is situated beside a footpath leading through the heath, a short distance to the south-west of the junction of Gurney Road and Heartsease Lane > LinkExternal link. One of the rood screen panels > LinkExternal link in Holy Trinity church at Loddon, South Norfolk, depicts the scene of the martyrdom of St William of Norwich, as he became known.

Mousehold Heath once formed part of the great expanse of heathland that extended from the north-eastern bank of the River Wensum towards the villages of Salhouse and Rackheath. Originally the heath was maintained by grazing but without maintenance the trees have grown tall and the area is now a woodland much frequented by walkers. The overgrown workings of 19th century gravel, flint, lime and marl extraction can still be seen. Mousehold Heath covers nearly 200 acres (81 ha) and is much appreciated by Norwich people as a public open space.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 11 September, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 12 September, 2010
Chapel/Castle (remains of)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 247 104 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:38.7178N 1:19.2277E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 247 104
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