Botolph and Black Shuck
On a warm summer’s day there’s nowhere more beautiful, nor peaceful, than
However lovely on a summer’s day, in winter with the wind straight from
The monastery was founded in 654 AD, the year Anna, king of
Its first abbot? Botolph! St. Botolph brought the Rule of St. Benedict to
What better place to rest and remember in prayer those caught up in the violence of war, all who dwell in fear and those who live under the shadow of evil. On Fridays there is a vigil of silent prayer from until . Pilgrims are welcome to attend.
Returning home by way of the A12 why not stop off at Blythburg church . It was to an earlier church on this site, overlooking the river, that the body of king Anna was brought after the battle of Bulcamp. On the present church door burn marks can be seen! “Left by the paws of Black Shuck,” it is said, “ Or perhaps the Devil’s hoof-print, when the steeple fell down in 1577!”. Enough of darkness! Inside the church is flooded with light from the clerestory and intricately carved and painted angels adorn the roof! “He will give his angels,” charge over you…” sings the Psalmist!
© Richard Woodham 2007