The Discovery of Norwich’s Vandalized Bible: A Message from the Past

Presented by Sarah Rooker, Director of Norwich Historical Society; Presented on January 26, 2023

Just before Covid, volunteers at NHS pulled this Bible off the shelf while doing an inventory. They opened it to discover a book that had been badly vandalized. On the back cover was a note from the past, written by one of the Norwich Congregational Church deacons in 1848. He wanted all future generations to know that it had been “cut by rogues.” Sarah Rooker tells the story of finding the Bible, explores 1840s Norwich with all its tensions and personalities, and considerswhat we might learn from this event.


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