Lavinia Crosse
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Lavinia Crosse

Lavinia Crosse (1821 - 1890) founded the Community of All Hallows in Ditchingham in 1855.[1][2] She was the daughter of the famous Norwich surgeon, John Green Crosse.[3]

In March 1854 she heard John Armstrong speak at the Norwich assembly rooms in support of a founding a penitentiary at Shipmeadow,near Beccles Suffolk, to rescue girls and women in moral danger. Shortly after, on 9 January 1855, Lavinia Crosse was asked by the council of the penitentiary to supervise this home, as the founder wished to withdraw.[4][5]

Visits to similar penitentiaries and convents on the continent, convinced Lavinia Crosse that the best way forward was as a religious sisterhood.New Year's Eve 1855 saw the inauguration of the Community of All Hallows by T. T. Carter of Clewer--Mother Lavinia and two novices being received.[4]


  1. ^ Anson, Peter Frederick (1964). The call of the cloister: religious communities and kindred bodies in the Anglican Communion. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. pp. 328-329. OCLC 1485084.
  2. ^ Cameron, Allan Thomas (1918). The Religious Communities of the Church of England. Faith Press. p. 76. OCLC 4657308.
  3. ^ Woollam, C. H. M. (2002). "The Sister Anaesthetists of Norwich". Anaesthesia. 57 (10): 984-994. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2044.2002.02833.x. PMID 12358956.
  4. ^ a b "Crosse, Lavinia (1821-1890), Anglican nun | Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-56102. Retrieved .
  5. ^ C.A.H., Sister Violet (1983). All Hallows: Ditchingham. Oxford: Becket Publications. pp. 19-23. ISBN 0728900173.

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