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Jo and Josiah EnglishNew life breathed into Norwich pilgrimage centre 

The derelict site of All Hallows House in Norwich is being restored and resident steward Josiah English and his wife Jo have settled in ready to welcome visitors to the house later this year.

Owned by the community of All Hallows in Ditchingham, All Hallows House is located in Norwich on the site of the Julian Shrine on Rouen Road in the city. This is an exciting new venture and the couple have moved from Birmingham to pioneer this outreach initiative in Norwich.

The building has been totally redone with renovations including new electrics, plumbing and a new roof. It has been a long process but the end is in sight, with Josiah and Jo moving in this month for Josiah to take up the role of heading up the project. The couple currently reside in a flat attached to the property - and once all the renovations are complete there will be eight rooms available to rent out.

The house is next door to the Julian Centre, where visitors can learn about the English anchoress from the Middle Ages. The rental of the rooms at All Hallows House will be run as a business - where people visiting Norwich can stay, whether their purpose is a pilgrimage to the shrine or a city break. The profits from the venture will be used for community outreach.

Josiah said, "The house is located in an area of Norwich with no real centre. There is a lot of potential to establish the house and Julian Centre as a central place for the community. We have a vision for the house to be a welcoming home and haven of peace on this special site." The couple are looking forward to opening All Hallows House to anyone, regardless of their faith or connection to the Julian shrine.

They move to Norwich from Birmingham, where Josiah previously worked for a church for three years. He also has a degree in medieval studies where Julian of Norwich was part of his studies. He said, "I'm much happier in a city surrounded by medieval buildings!”
Pictured: Josiah and Jo English

Helen Baldry, 01/02/2022

Helen Baldry
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