Deceased Online is excited to announce the beginning of a large project with the release of memorial photographs from 90 Norfolk cemeteries on the database
Above: headstones around the ruins of a church at Tunstall
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.
Louise has been photographing the headstones and memorials of Norfolk with her mother, Angela, since 2009. She told us, "It's something I am very passionate about as I think it is important for future generations to be able to see where their ancestors are buried."
Above: many Victorian headstones were beautifully elaborate
Here under resteth the body of ye worthy and religious lady Elizabeth Pettus,
daughter of Sir Thomas Pettus of Aswelthorpe, Knight, and of Elizabeth,
one of ye daughters and coheires of Sir Nathaniel Bacon of Stifkay, Knight,
and late wife of Sir Thomas Pettus of Rackheath, Baronett, who deceased Jan:28:1653,
and left 3 surviving sonnes Thomas, Augustine, and John.
As the headstones used as the basis for this collection date back centuries and many have eroded over time, parts can be difficult to transcribe. Inscriptions on some of these monuments may be illegible, or only readable in part. Thus Deceased Online recommends searching the database using a percentage symbol (%) in place of a surname or forename - this will bring up all names, including those recorded as unreadable.
The full list of the first 90 Norfolk cemeteries to be uploaded is as follows:
|Cemetery Name||Number of Images|
|Beeston St Lawrence||115|
|Billingford (Nr Dereham)||198|
|Burgh Castle Cemetery||76|
|Burgh Near Aylesham||87|
|Great Hautbois (St Theobald)||87|
|Hempstead nr Holt||143|
|Houghton St Giles||106|
|Newton by Castle Acre||79|
|North Walsham Quakers Cemetery||22|
|Old Catton Cemetery||133|
|Reepham & Kerdiston Cemetery||83|
|St Faiths cemetery||213|
|Walsingham Guild of All Souls||11|
|Walsingham Roman Catholic Shrine||139|
|Walsingham Shrine of Our Lady||93|
|Walsingham The Annunciation||12|
|Warham All Saints||158|
|Warham St Mary||154|
|West Beckham (Ruins)||113|