Heritage Open Days 2017

Heritage Open Days will be running 7-10 September this year and, as usual, a few of the Diocese of East Anglia’s churches are taking part, including Our Lady and the Annunciation, King’s Lynn and the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich. The Cathedral will also be offering a ‘Lights of Heaven‘ tour of its stained glass windows. Other sites with Catholic associations that will be open to the public include the Farmers’ Club in Bury St Edmunds (former townhouse of the recusant Gage family) and Giffords Hall, Stoke-by-Nayland (former home of the recusant Mannock family).

On Saturday 9 September the EACHS’s Secretary, Dr Francis Young, will be leading guided tours of the Bishop’s Palace at Ely, which was a prison for recusants between 1577 and 1597.

AGM set to take place at Oxburgh on 10 June 2017

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the East Anglian Catholic History Society will take place at 2pm on Saturday 10 June 2017 in the chapel of Oxburgh Hall, by kind permission of Sir Henry Bedingfeld, Bt and the National Trust. All members are welcome to attend but they must notify the Secretary in advance in order to obtain a ticket which will give free access to the grounds of Oxburgh Hall. If you are interested in coming please e-mail the Secretary: catholiceastanglia{at}gmail.com.

The AGM will be followed by a talk on the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in the fifteenth century by Dr John Ashdown-Hill.

Issue 4 of Orientale Lumen

The Spring 2017 edition of the EACHS e-newsletter Orientale Lumen has just gone out to members. Don’t forget that it costs nothing to become a member and you can do so just by e-mailing catholiceastanglia {at} gmail.com. The current edition contains information on our upcoming AGM in June, which will also be posted here shortly.

Issue 2 of Orientale Lumen


The autumn issue of the EACHS e-newsletter, Orientale Lumen, has been published and sent out to members. This issue has a feature on the award of a Diocesan Medal to Joy Rowe, the leading historian of Catholicism in East Anglia.

If you would like to receive a copy and join the Society (membership is free), please e-mail the Secretary at catholiceastanglia{at}gmail.com.