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Lithograph of St Julian's Church by James Sillett (1828), Norwich Museums Collections

The Lady Julian of Norwich, or Mother Julian, or Dame Julian, a 14th-century anchoress, took her name from the saint of the church,[citation needed] which was dedicated either to Julian the Hospitaller or Julian of Le Mans. Her anchoress's cell was in a corner of the churchyard.

Essentially destroyed by bombing in 1942, the church was extensively restored by the architect A. J. Chaplin and reopened in 1953 mainly to act as a Shrine Church for Julian of Norwich. The Friends of Julian have a shop and lending library in a hall at the corner of the street.


The church has an organ dating to 1860 by Henry Jones, which was installed here in 1966. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[2]


  1. ^ The Buildings of England. Norfolk. Nikolaus Pevsner. p.245. First Edition. 1962. Penguin Books Limited
  2. ^ "NPOR N06503". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 2 February 2015.

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