An ancient church on a hill overlooking the River Bure and the marshes
St Benedict’s Church, Horning
From its hill on the north bank of the River Bure, Horning Church looks south across the river and marsh to St. Helen’s Church, Ranworth. A pilgrim path leads up from the Church Staithe and allows those who visit by land to go down to the river. It’s well worth the trip. One morning in May two Marsh Harriers hunted on v-shaped wings along the reedy edge of the river and the first of the summers Swallowtail butterflies flew past!
The church has a 13th century dog toothed arch above the priests door, many signs of Tudor and Victorian restorations, a wonderful medieval treasure chest beneath a side altar and the Abbot of St. Benet’s processional banner. St. Benet’s (a shortening of the name Benedict) Abbey, whose ruins lie across the River Ant, is in Horning Parish and by an accident of history the Bishop of Norwich is still the Abbot. On the first Sunday of August an outdoor service is held in the abbey grounds.
Visitors are welcome to wander around the church or sit and pray and make themselves a cuppa in the kitchen at the back of the church. A water bowl outside the porch is provided for visiting dogs!
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