TG2010 : Village sign - detail

taken 11 years ago, near to Hellesdon, Norfolk, Great Britain

Village sign - detail
Village sign - detail
The village sign is located in front of > TG2010 : Hellesdon Parish Hall. It depicts St Mary's church and the body of the martyred King Edmung, guarded by a wolf. See also > Link.

Hellesdon is a large suburb of Norwich. Signs of very early settlement, such as a variety of flint tools (believed to be at least 4,000 years old) have been unearthed in the area. Bronze axe heads were found near Hellesdon Hall and a skeleton dating from around 600 CE was discovered in Low Road. It is not clear where the old name for Hellesdon - Hailesduna - originates from. It is believed that Edmund, the King of the East Angles, may have been martyred here. In 985, Abbo of Fleury, who at Ramsey Abbey (Cambridgeshire) compiled the 'Life of St Edmund', writes that he heard the Archbishop relate a story that came from a young man who had heard it from a very old man who claimed to have been King Edmund's armour bearer at the time of his death. On his capture, Edmund was whipped and tied to a tree, and shot with arrows. He was then beheaded and his head thrown into a bramble thicket in Hegelisdun Wood - hence the association with Hailesduna, present-day Hellesdon. The King's head was later found, guarded by a wolf, and according to the story the body was buried in a small chapel built nearby for the purpose. It is believed that St Mary's church > Link stands on the site of this chapel.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 18 June, 2008   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 19 June, 2008
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Village sign   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 200 107 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:38.9731N 1:15.0859E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 200 107
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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