Inside East Dereham Church at last!

Day four of our Norfolk Family History trip was supposed to be all about the Musketts, touring round villages such as Carleton Rode, Tasburgh and Newton Flotman.  After the East Dereham church disappointment the previous day, my husband very generously said that we could start the day by going there first – if they were open.

I phoned the parish office – yes, the church would be open until 12 noon. (Perhaps at some point I will contact them again to suggest a little publicity might be in order).

And so we returned to East Dereham and – the church was open!!

East Dereham
Tudor ceiling East Dereham Church

What joy!  It’s a beautiful church, with some amazing tudor ceilings and the memorial to William Cowper, so maybe that’s why it’s all kept shut up.

We headed to the Lady Chapel, and there we found more George memorials.  I can’t quite believe that they’re ‘mine’ as these were obviously well-to-do folk, but I’m working on the connection.  Astey George was buried here in 1723, along with his wife Elizabeth and four of his sons (he had two attempts at a son called Astey, but both died young).  There’s also an Elizabeth George from Colney buried 1732 (I really don’t know who she is) and an Ann George from Carlton, buried 1737.  This latter individual is interesting as I have already transcribed her will, and I think I need to return to it and work out the relationships as she seems to be connected with Astey in some way.

Asty George
Memorial for Asty George Lady Chapel

At long last I had stood in the church where so many of my ancestors were baptised, married, no doubt attended Sunday worship and were buried.  It was very special.

East Dereham
Font in East Dereham Church
Cowper. East Dereham
Cowper window, East Dereham Church













And so we then headed south to Muskett territory and a very interesting and useful day photographing more churches and gravestones and making discoveries.  But that’s for another post!


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