Dr Nicholas Groves

Dr Nicholas Groves

After initial degrees in music (Aberystwyth) and in mediæval English (London), I read for the MA in Local & Regional History at UEA, where I worked on the phenomenon of shared churchyards. I then read for the MA in Celtic Chrsitianity at Lampeter, with a dissertation on St Fursa, a seventh-century Irish missionary. This was followed by a PhD at Lampeter, examining the growth of Ritualism in Norwich, 1857-1910, supervised by the late Nigel Yates. ('The Restoration of Popery': the impact of Ritualism on the Diocese of Norwich. 1857-1910, with special reference to the parishes of the City of Norwich and its suburbs.)

I taught for the Centre for Continuing Education at UEA from 1993 until it was effectively closed down about 2012, since when I have been a freelance writer and lecturer. I am also a Trustee of the Norwich Historic Churches Trust, where my responsibilities are in history, heritage, and education. I was elected FRHistS in 2006. 

My principal interest is all aspects of the Norwich churches - history, archæology, architecture, social - but I have an interest in the C of E generally, and also in the Early Church. Liturgical history is also a major interest. My book The Medieval Churches of the City of Norwich was published in 2010 (978-0-9560385-1-7). In 2014 William Stephen Gilly: An Exceptionally Busy Life was published (978-0-9568758-8-4): this was edited and completed from initial work by Hugh Norwood, and left unfinished at his death. I am now looking to publish a book based on my doctoral thesis.