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St Theobald's Church (ruins), Hautbois

St Theobald's Church (ruins), Hautbois

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A gentle walk (200 yards ) from the Great Hautbois Road. In 2009 a visitor wrote:

"A ruined church, winter bare trees in the deserted churchyard and the jackdaws' cry. All are reminders of mortality - a fitting backdrop for the Lenten fast! The reused bricks and conglomerate stone incorporated by the 11th century the builders recall "the glories that were Rome". Once this building housed a miraculous wonder-working image of St. Theobald to which pilgrims flocked. Often when I come here to pray , there's just me and some friendly horses. That's fine for someone who seeks solitude but do these deserted and neglected ruins point towards the Church of England future?"
Ah! I have left out the most amazing thing that one day totally transformed a dismal scene! "A host of ….daffodils !"
On a March day back in 2009, like William Wordsworth's Lake District flowers, these were abundant and "danced and fluttered in the breeze." I think I know what the poet meant when he wrote:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils."

Come earlier in the year for snowdrops!

Coach parties acceptedPicnic siteAccepts groups

Dogs accepted

Address

Great Hautbois Road,
Norwich,
Norfolk,
NR12 7JN

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Map reference: TG 261204  Lat: 52.73103 Long: 1.35470

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted