Before leaving the grounds of the church of St. Nicholas
Dereham, seek out an unusual shaped gravestone
which is in the churchyard in front of the church door.
Its the grave of Jean de Narde of
France who died 6th October 1799.
the Napoleonic wars the detached Bell Tower of St.
Nicholas was turned into a prison.
Jean de Narde was captured and then
imprisoned in this jail.
However, he managed to escape but
unfortunately was shot and killed by one of the soldiers
who had been employed to guard the prisoners.
So it was that he was buried in the grounds of his
prison, the place where he had been interred and
probably the place where he had been shot, he was just