Browse for your Norfolk ancestor in this collection of Norfolk grave and memorial photographs from churchyards the length and breadth of the county. This is first release and we will be adding more photographs in due course.
Each record includes an image of a grave or memorial taken in a Norfolk churchyard. Some of the collections, which are organised by location and published here for the first time, may also include general shots of the interior or exterior of the church. This series of photos is released as a browse-only collection.
Norfolk resident Louise Cocker has made it her mission to document the graves and memorials in her home county of Norfolk and this first release of images will be followed by more grave and memorial photographs in due course.
As anybody who has ever visited an English churchyard can testify, some graves can be difficult to photograph, and some of the legibility of the inscriptions on headstones and memorials may have suffered as a result of the weather or ground movement.
This collection spans five centuries, the earliest headstones dating to the 1600s, complemented by more recent burials from the 21st century. The majority of the photos here are from the 1800s and 1900s.
The headstone of Anne Basey, who is buried in the churchyard of Ashby St Mary, features a delightful depiction of a woman, presumably Anne, feeding geese. Over her right shoulder, a man - presumably her husband George - leans on a fence, watching her.
Anne Basey died on the 23rd January 1868 aged 71. The 1861 census shows her as the wife of George Basey, a farmer of 40 acres and the employer of one man and one boy. George Basey would be buried in the same churchyard on the 3rd March 1876, having outlived his wife by eight years.