|Where:||Ludham, Norfolk at St Benet's Abbey, approx 2 miles South of Ludham|
|When:||1st Sunday in August|
The Abbey of St Benet’s was never officially dissolved during the suppression of the monasteries under Henry VIII – the only example of this in the country- and each year an open-air service is held in commemoration and thanksgiving at the ruins. The Bishop of Norfolk is the Abbot and the Vicar of nearby Horning is the Prior of St Benet’s and together they hold an ecumenical service at which all are welcome to attend. The officiating clergy arrive by Norfolk Wherry (the site is easiest approached by river) to meet the Brothers of St Benet’s, members of a variety of local churches and the Salvation Army Band who provide the music. It’s held on the first Sunday in August.
The Abbey is in an unspoiled location on the banks of the River Bure which is isolated and remote. Very limited car parking is available for blue badge holders close to the Cross where the service takes place. The Abbey car park is approx half a mile walk over uneven terrain. Many visitors arrive by boat – moorings are also approx half a mile from the site. The Abbey site is run by the Norfolk Archaeological Trust (see link below).
In 2017 it will be held on Sunday August 6th.
Click here for the Norfolk Archaeological Trust’s website : http://www.norfarchtrust.org.uk/stbenets
Photo by niddynoo.
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