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Norfolk Overview

This week I catch up with Deceased Online's new collections and summarize what's currently available to help locate ancestors who died in Norfolk

Above: headstones around the ruins of a church at Tunstall

My personal Norfolk family history stretches back centuries. The surnames in this branch of my tree include  Pymer, Oxorough, Betts, and Feetham - names common in this region in the Middle Ages when the county grew rich from the textile trade. 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. By the end of the 16th century, its cathedral city of Norwich was the second largest in England. Norfolk's economic significance was already in decline by the time of the Industrial Revolution in which it played little part. Railways arrived late. The county remains largely rural, with many of its churches and historic buildings well-preserved. 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. Currently, Deceased Online's Norfolk collections date from the 17th century, with most records from the 19th and 20th centuries

Grave of Erminio William Louis Marchesi, founder of the Round Table, in Earlham Cemetery (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_grave_of_Louis_Marchesi.JPG

Researching Norfolk ancestors using the Deceased Online database is straightforward. A general name search often takes you straight to the record you want.

However, you can also use a targetted approach, searching for the nearest cemetery or church yard to your deceased ancestor's home or place of death. In these cases, it is useful to know exactly what Deceased Online has available and where your ancestors are most likely to be found in its collections.

Most of the records here are for burial or crematorium registers from graveyards, cemeteries, or crematoria. There are two sets of records contained in the lists from The National Archives' records of graves and tombstones that have been removed from disused and closed burial grounds and cemeteries have "TNA" next to them in brackets.
Image is taken from page 87 of 'Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads. By Payne Jennings. With letterpess description by E. R. Suffling. (Third edition.)'
The main collection is from Norwich City CouncilThese records available comprise digital scans of a mix of burial, grave, and index registers, section maps showing the area in which the grave is located, and details of other occupants in the grave.

There is also our Norfolk Cemeteries Photographs Collection. This vast photography collection of Norfolk cemeteries was taken by Norfolk resident, Louise CockerDating from the 17th century, the first set of images includes images from 90 cemeteries and churchyards. This is a total of over 10,000 photographs. The photographs exist as a valuable record of headstones and memorials that are constantly being eroded by weather and time.
The above photograph is from St Ethelbert Churchyard in Alby, Norfolk. You can find the transcription on the Deceased Online database).

Norfolk 
Norwich - Earlham Cemetery
Norwich - Rosary Cemetery
Norwich - St Paul’s Church and Churchyard, Norwich [TNA]
Norwich - St Benedict's Church and Churchyard, Norwich [TNA]

Norfolk Cemeteries Photograph Collection

Cemetery Name

Number of Images

Alby

131

Attlebridge

95

Aylmerton

326

Baconsthorpe

201

Bagthorpe

52

Bale cemetery

179

Banningham

199

Bawdeswell

174

Beeston St Lawrence

115

Belaugh Cemetery

24

Bessingham

80

Billingford (Nr Dereham)

198

Billockby

37

Blickling Cemetery

390

Booton

129

Bradfield

123

Brampton

149

Brandiston

67

Brinningham

170

Brisley

227

Burgh Castle Cemetery

76

Burgh Near Aylesham

87

Colby

200

Colney Norwich

138

Cromer Cemetery

196

Docking cemetery

31

Dunton

84

East Rudsham

111

Felbrigg

137

Fulmodeston

76

Gately

72

Glandford

86

Great Hautbois (St Theobald)

87

Gunton

57

Haveringland

113

Hempstead nr Holt

143

Hoe

136

Houghton St Giles

106

Ingworth

146

Little Barningham

87

Little Witchingham

23

Mannington

16

Metton

81

Morton

76

Newton by Castle Acre

79

North Barsham

66

North Walsham Quakers Cemetery

22

Old Catton Cemetery

133

Oulton

224

Oxnead

65

Oxwick

27

Plumstead

96

RAF Coltishall

222

Reepham & Kerdiston Cemetery

83

Ridlington

125

Rougham

186

Runhall

118

Salle

190

Sco Ruston

55

Sharrington

134

Sherford

82

Smallburgh

229

Southwood

13

St Faiths cemetery

213

Stanfield

150

Stibbard

252

Stody

113

Sustead

112

Swafield

139

Swannington

172

Tatterford

101

Themelthorpe

52

Thurgarton

125

Thurning

152

Thursford

74

Thuxton

104

Thwaite

104

Tunstall Ruins

36

Tuttington

141

Walsingham Guild of All Souls

11

Walsingham Methodist

9

Walsingham Roman Catholic Shrine

139

Walsingham Shrine of Our Lady

93

Walsingham The Annunciation

12

Warham All Saints

158

Warham St Mary

154

Waterden

39

Welbourne

190

West Barsham

66

West Beckham (Ruins)

113

Wood Dalling

241


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