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Why do we want to record memorial inscriptions? It has been estimated from past experience that approximately one third of the inscriptions visible at any one time will not be readable in seventy years time. It follows that some will be only partially readable now which is why I have been collecting examples of texts and verses in the hope that this will be useful in suggesting likely missing words when they are encountered.
This site is made available as a resource for persons wanting to record memorial inscriptions anywhere in the English speaking world, and is a by-product of surveys conducted in Norfolk for NorfolkFHS . You will find lists of verses and other texts which have been found on gravestones in Norfolk, England.
For records of individual inscriptions visitors should contact the churchwarden for the church in question or the relevant Family History Society, see contacts page.
A list of the surveys completed with links to the surveys follows below. There is a locally prepared survey of Great Massingham at
For some limited information about Nonconformist and free churches and burial sites see the freechurches page.
if you need to know in which Hundred a particular parish was located use the Hundreds page.
Some guidance on the recording of inscriptions based on practical experience is shown at how to record
If you publish information found on this site, there is no need to seek permission, but please mention where you found it.
There are other Norfolk Monumental Inscriptions at family search:
Also: What happened on your Birthday? See Calendar of Norfolk events.
|Persons indexed||PARISH||Area of Norfolk||Year of survey|
|The data collected on these surveys can now be viewed by joining Norfolk Family History Society and accessing their NORS database|
|2,400||Swaffham church and churchyard||SW||2007|
|1,697||Downham Market including two cemeteries||SW||2003|
|575||Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen||NW||2002|
|575||Stanta army training area disused churches: Tottington, West Tofts, Stanford and Langford||SW||2008|
|455||Wiggenhall St German||NW||2003|
|391||West Walton cemetery||NW||2002|
|258||Ten Mile Bank (chapel of ease to Hilgay)||SW||2002|
|255||Nordelph (redundant) graveyard only||SW||2008|
|221||Barton Bendish St Andrew||SW||2004|
|198||Barton Bendish St Mary (redundant)||SW||2004|
|157||Burgh next Aylsham||NE||2011|
|148||Houghton St Giles||NW||2011|
|140||Ryston with Roxham||SW||2004|
|137||Thwaite by Alby||NE||2011|
Baptist burial ground
|109||Fulmodeston new church||NW||2012|
|49||West Raynham (ruin)||CN||2011|
|28||Wiggenhall St Peter (ruin)||NW||2003|
(chapel of ease to Wymondham)
At various times in various places I have had reason to be grateful for the assistance of: Pauline Aisthorpe, Bette Brown, Mary Feakes, Rosie Gill, Mary Mitchell, Hugh Melinski, Pat Newby, Edmund Perry, Richard Smart.
It is difficult to maintain an accurate list of places still to be surveyed. Some of the ruins will have no inscriptions. A more up to date list for the whole County is at:
The three Deaneries where local volunteers will be essential are listed below with places still to be surveyed:
Ashwicken, Congham, Gayton Thorpe, Grimston, King's Lynn St John, Middleton, North Lynn St Edmund, North Runcton and Roydon by Lynn
Bircham Tofts, Brancaster, Burnham Deepdale, Castle Rising, Flitcham, Heacham, Hillington, Holme next the Sea, Ringstead, Sedgeford, Titchwell, West Newton, Wolferton (and ruins at Ringstead Down)
Billingford by Diss, Fersfield, Frenze, Harleston, Needham, Roydon by Diss, Rushall, Scole, and Thorpe Abbotts.
I will continue to record in other unsurveyed places concentrating first on Burnham/Walsingham Deanery and Holt Deanery