The present Norman church, which has its origins in the 12th century, is set on falling ground to the west of the town. The churchyard contains the ancient monument of St Withburga's Well, supplied by a spring that is said to have issued forth from the burial place of Withburga, one of the four daughters of King Anna of East Anglia who reigned in the 7th century. Saint Withburga laid the foundation of a church and convent, the first Christian settlement in the area in the year 654. Points of interest within the church include the 'Seven Sacrament Font', made in 1488, which has the Church's sacraments carved on the sides, the eighth showing the crucifixion, the eagle lectern, made in Liege around 1475, beautiful Tudor ceilings in the north and south transept, painted in the 15th century and the burial place of the poet William Cowper (1731-1800)with the famous Cowper window sited above the tomb. The reredos (behind the high altar)was made in 1857 and painted in 1929.
By Ernest Flagg
Published by Genealogical Pub. Co., 1973
ISBN 0806305339, 9780806305332
Reprint of the 1926 ed.
12. John10 Fleg (11. John9, William8, Philip7, Philip6, Philip5, Sir John4, Sir John3, Henry2, Algar1), was born about 1370. It seems likely that he succeeded his father about 1395, as at a court of the Manor of Rougholme, held on the Friday before the Feast of St. Alphege, 19 Richard II [14 April 1396], Thomas de Bassingham, Chaplain, complains against John10 Fleg of East Dereham for refusal to pay for two acres of land in Scarning and East Bradenham an annual rental of 15s. 4d. rendered from time beyond memory to the chapel of St. Nicholas by the predecessors of John; verdict for plaintiff. Also at a court held on Friday after Easter, 10 Henry V [17 Apr. 1422], John10 Flegg appears and renders fealty to the lord for three-and-a-half roods of land in Scarning, late of Simon Manning.
Of the family of John10 Fleg, evidences have been found of only one
i. William11, born about 1400. (Ancestor of the Flaggs of America.)
found on ancestry.com