Edith Cavell was born in 1865 at Swardeston in Norfolk. Her father, Frederick Cavell, was a Church of England vicar there. It was in this village that Edith spent her childhood. She once wrote to a favourite cousin, "Do come and stay, but not for a weekend. Father's sermons are so long and dull". However, her childhood was a happy one, even though money was quite short; her father would play with his children until they shrieked with laughter. Edith loved nature and was a gifted artist.