I have decided to withdraw and withhold this survey until such time as Sculthorpe have deposited their current burial register at the Norfolk Record Office. That burial register was first used in 1885.
My reasons are as follows:
I sought permission to record the inscriptions at Sculthorpe and was informed that this had already been done. Further questioning suggested that they had not recorded the full wording on the gravestones but had only a listing of names and burial dates. On further questioning it appeared to me that they had in fact recorded the full wording and I reported this to Norfolk Family History Society suggesting that they obtain a copy of this survey for their records.
Subsequently NFHS contacted me to indicate that their understanding after contacting Sculthorpe was that the survey was not a full survey. Consequently I began to record the inscriptions in the churchyard the following year 2012. After four full days of recording I had finished a first draft of the churchyard inscriptions and sought permission to record the inscriptions inside the church at which point I was shown the locally prepared survey which not only recorded the full wording of the inscriptions but included a plan indicating the location of each gravestone.
I took this away for NFHS to photocopy and returned it to the churchwarden a few days later. I have subsequently identified a few gravestones omitted from their survey and understand that perhaps the names and dates of others have not been verified against burial registers.
I now have my own survey which I have compared against deposited burial
registers and corrected as necessary. But this will be unsatisfactory for the
1) I have not had opportunity to check entries dated after 1884
2) I have a list of known queries where the name and/or date I have recorded does not have a corresponding entry in the burial register
In order to complete this survey I need Sculthorpe to deposit their current
I will then correct any errors revealed by these checks and draw up a complete list of queries which can only be resolved by re-examining the inscriptions concerned. One further visit will then enable me to finalise this survey to my satisfaction.
I am quite happy to consult my survey and answer individual questions and my answer will indicate whether or not I am satisfied that the information is correct.
Should you wish to consult the original local survey you can contact the church. (Go to Norwich Diocese website. select Find a church, enter the parish name, select View people in this church and you will find contact details)
Alternatively I believe you can join NorfolkFHS and will then be able to request searches in their memorial inscriptions records. Alternatively they have MIs now available to their members on their computer database. I am not a member of NFHS so you are advised to ask them what terms and conditions may apply.
This particular survey is a source of some frustration to me as I live about 30 miles away from Sculthorpe and feel that I could have spent those four days more profitably by indexing the local survey, checking against burial registers and updating as necessary.