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 Swardeston Saint Mary's Church

Swardeston, Saint Mary the Virgin Church, NR14-8DG.


Swardeston Saint Mary's Church is a shrine to Edith Cavell, a famous nurse who acted like Florence Nightingale. Edith was sentenced to death for helping soldiers.

Edith Louisa Cavell (4 December 1865 – 12 October 1915) was a British nurse. She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides without discrimination and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during WW1, for which she was arrested. She was accused of treason, found guilty by a court martial and sentenced to death. Despite international pressure for mercy, she was shot by a German firing squad. Her execution received worldwide condemnation and extensive press coverage. The night before her execution, she said "Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.", words later inscribed on a memorial to her near Trafalgar Square. Her strong Anglican beliefs propelled her to help all those who needed it, both German and Allied soldiers. She was quoted as saying, "I can’t stop while there are lives to be saved." The church of England commemorates her in its Calendar of Saints on 12 October. Cavell, who was 49 at the time of her execution, was already notable as a pioneer of modern nursing in Belgium. The rood screen has been restored to its former glory, and the church completely tidied up. The font is octagonal and stands on a square base, it's cover is 17th century and very pretty. Swardeston Saint Mary's Church, near Norwich, square west tower, 3 bells, nave, chancel, and south porch. All three periods of Gothic are contained in this church, and can readily be seen by the different styles of windows. Some Saxon double splay windows have been discovered during restorations, also a dial, which is supposed to belong to that period. The south doorway is of moulded brickwork. There is a carved screen between the nave and chancel. There are memorials to the Marsh, Kemp and Berney families. Also, of more recent date, one to Nurse Edith Cavell whose father was vicar here for some years. There are slight remains of ancient stained glass.


Swardeston Saint Mary's Church, Postcode: NR14-8DG.
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