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Swardeston

The pretty village of Swardeston is in south Norfolk, close to the city of Norwich and the popular residential areas of Mulbarton and Cringleford. Swardeston Common is a mixture of open grassland, blackthorn, semi mature trees and ponds. The common is popular with walkers and the cricket pitch and pavilion mean that the area is well used by the local community. For 46 years Frederick Cavell was the vicar of Swardeston church, from the end of the 19th century through to the beginning of the 20th century. His daughter, Edith Cavell was probably the most famous woman to be killed during World War One, and is remembered for all the tireless and selfless work she undertook as a nurse before being executed by the Germans on 12 October 1915. Edith's portrait hangs in St Mary's church and the stained glass windows that were made in her honour are worthy of a visit.

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