Nick Groves

I am always happy to consider requests for lectures, dayschools, etc. Some recent ones are listed below, but the list is not exhaustive! If you are interested  in one of these, please contact me direct by e-mail. All are with digital images unless otherwise stated; you are expected to be able to provide a digital projector.

FORTHCOMING LECTURES - none at present!


Alternative Christianities II: 1534 and all that: splits in the post-Reformation Western Church. Saturday 23 January 2016; No 47 St Giles; book through Norwich WEA. 10:00-16:00.


'The Font at Hemblington'. Hemblington Parish Church Study Day, 5 September 2105. Hemblington Parish Church.

'The Smiths and the Cedars'. Part of North Walsham HODs. Saturday 12 September 2015. The Council Offices (The Cedars) North Walsham, 11:30.


Alternative Christianities I: The Churches of the East. Saturday 17 October 2015; No 47 St Giles; book through Norwich WEA. 10:00-16:00.


 Norwich: City of Churches. A general introduction to the mediæval churches of Norwich. 

Norwich Churches in the 19th century. The churches were repaired, restored, reordered, and played an important part in the party struggles of the period - 'high' and 'low' church.   

 A Contumacious and Disloyal Clergyman: Edward Ram of St John Timberhill and Bishop Sheepshanks of Norwich.

'A Beacon in the Dark':Chapels and Meeting-houses of Norwich. An introductory look at nonconformity in Norwich, and the buildings it produced.

Temples and Tabernacles: the origins and development of the English parish church.

Outward and Visible: notions of authority in the Church as expressed in its furnishings.

Powerhouses of Prayer: the rise and fall of mediæval monasteries. 

The Wild Woman of God: the life and times of Marjery Kempe of Lynn. (Lived in the 14th century; author of an autobiography; travelled to Rome, the Holy Land, and Danzig)

The Music of Worship, or the Worship of Music? The relationship between music and liturgy.

‘In Splendour Arrayed’: the origin and development of ecclesiastical vestments. [with digital images and examples of real vestments]

‘Doctors Wear Scarlet’: the origin and development of academical robes. [with digital images and examples of real robes]

‘Two Sisters, Two Churches’: the phenomenon of shared churchyards in East Anglia. (There are twenty-four examples in East Anglia of two churches in the same churchyard, of which thirteen are in Norfolk.) 

‘A Saint Abroad’: the life of St Fursa. (Fursa – or Fursey – was an Irish monk who evangelized in East Anglia, and then went to Gaul. He had a vision of the afterlife.)

The Roots of English’: the development of the English language. [some images]