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Norfolk Cemeteries Photographs

This week, I am taking a closer look at the recently uploaded photography collection of Norfolk cemeteries taken by Norfolk resident, Louise Cocker. 
Image taken from page 87 of 'Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads. By Payne Jennings. With letterpess description by E. R. Suffling. (Third edition.)'

Deceased Online's latest addition to the database has proved popular with family historians over the past couple of weeks. Louise Crocker's amazing collection of hundreds of cemetery photographs from across Norfolk is an essential resource for anyone with ancestors from these parishes.

As the image above demonstrates, Norfolk is a beautiful English county, famed for its extraordinary Broads, as well as its flat landscape, Norman churches, and historic stately homes. Bordering Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, this East Anglian county was one of the most highly populated and prosperous parts of England in the Middle Ages. Since the 17th century, its population and industry have declined, leaving a largely rural economy. During the First and Second World Wars, the county became home to several air bases and, sadly, its cemeteries became lasting homes to many airmen.

Photograph of the grave of Sgt Vaclav Brejcha (13 April 1915 - 19 June 1941)
The photograph above shows the headstone of Vaclav Brejcha, a Czech Sergeant in the Royal Air Force. His grave lies in RAF Coltishall Cemetery, 10 miles North-North-East of Norfolk's county town, Norwich. On the Deceased Online website, you can zoom into the image to see the inscription more clearly.

Searching the Collection
Find the collection in the database under the title, "Norfolk Cemeteries Photographs".

The screengrab below shows how to complete the form:

- click on "United Kingdom" in the "country" drop-down box
- click on "East of England" in the "region" box
- click on "Norfolk" in the "county" box


Due to the nature of this collection, some records may be difficult to find. Where headstones have weathered and eroded over time, some parts of the memorial text may be rendered illegible. Try searching with a percentage symbol (%) in place of a surname or forename. This will bring up all names, including those recorded as illegible.

Example - Searching for "White, Sophie Anna" - no records found.
"%, Sophie Anna" will display all records with the forename Sophie Anna.
"White, %" will display all records with the surname White.
"White, Sophie %" will display all Sophie Whites, with any middle name.

To focus the search, use the date of death (or a date period, such as 1939-1945) in the burial date field. 

Should you have multiple relations in the same churchyard or cemetery, it may be more cost-effective for you to purchase the entire collection of photographs for that churchyard or cemetery, rather than purchasing individual photographs.

More photographs from this collection will be added soon. The list of those cemeteries with images currently in the database is as follows:

Cemetery NameNumber of Images
Alby131
Attlebridge95
Aylmerton326
Baconsthorpe201
Bagthorpe52
Bale cemetery179
Banningham199
Bawdeswell174
Beeston St Lawrence115
Belaugh Cemetery24
Bessingham80
Billingford (Nr Dereham)198
Billockby37
Blickling Cemetery390
Booton129
Bradfield123
Brampton149
Brandiston67
Brinningham170
Brisley227
Burgh Castle Cemetery76
Burgh Near Aylesham87
Colby200
Colney Norwich138
Cromer Cemetery196
Docking cemetery31
B27
Dunton84
East Rudsham111
Felbrigg137
Fulmodeston76
Gately72
Glandford86
Great Hautbois (St Theobald)87
Gunton57
Haveringland113
Hempstead nr Holt143
Hoe136
Houghton St Giles106
Ingworth146
Little Barningham87
Little Witchingham23
Mannington16
Metton81
Morton76
Newton by Castle Acre79
North Barsham66
North Walsham Quakers Cemetery22
Old Catton Cemetery133
Oulton224
Oxnead65
Oxwick27
Plumstead96
RAF Coltishall222
Reepham & Kerdiston Cemetery83
Ridlington125
Rougham186
Runhall118
Salle190
Sco Ruston55
Sharrington134
Sherford82
Smallburgh229
Southwood13
St Faiths cemetery213
Stanfield150
Stibbard252
Stody113
Sustead112
Swafield139
Swannington172
Tatterford101
Themelthorpe52
Thurgarton125
Thurning152
Thursford74
Thuxton104
Thwaite104
Tunstall Ruins36
Tuttington141
Walsingham Guild of All Souls11
Walsingham Methodist9
Walsingham Roman Catholic Shrine139
Walsingham Shrine of Our Lady93
Walsingham The Annunciation12
Warham All Saints158
Warham St Mary154
Waterden39
Welbourne190
West Barsham66
West Beckham (Ruins)113
Wood Dalling241
Have you found any of your ancestors' names in this latest collection of images? Or are you a local historian interested in a particular Norfolk parish? Either way, we'd love to hear from you!. Please contact us by leaving a comment in the box below, or by writing on our Facebook wall or send us a Tweet.

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