TG2408 : The grave of Fred Charles Shreeve

taken 8 days ago, near to Norwich, Norfolk, Great Britain

The grave of Fred Charles Shreeve
The grave of Fred Charles Shreeve
The grave in the foreground at left is that of Fred Charles Shreeve (14 March 1880 - 19 January 1930. Alan Robert Shreeve (born on 27 April 1893), who was killed in action at Leventie, France, on 19 July 1916 is commemorated on the kerbset.
Rosary Road Cemetery, Norwich
The main entrance to this Grade II* listed cemetery is on Rosary Road > LinkExternal link. A gate provides access for pedestrians only from Telegraph Lane East > LinkExternal link. The Rosary was the first non-denominational cemetery in the UK and also the earliest garden cemetery in England. It was established in 1819 by Thomas Drummond, a nonconformist minister. Claims according to which the Rosary is predated by the no longer existing Dissenters' cemetery in Rusholme Road, Manchester, are incorrect as indeed the records confirm that the latter was opened in 1821, two years after the Rosary, although the first burial in the Rosary did indeed take place in 1821. On 7 April 1824, the Norfolk Chronicle reports that it was agreed "that the Rosary burial-ground having been duly entered at the office of the Bishop of the Diocese, and therein designated a general burial-ground for the use of persons of all sects and denominations, shall be invested in trustees on behalf of those who may become the holders of shares, to be limited to 500." The area of land comprising the Rosary - situated at the western end of the Thorpe Ridge and falling gently from north to east and south to west, with a more dramatic, terraced cross slope in the southern section descending from the high ground in the south-east towards the chapel - had formerly been in use as a market garden, and presents a broad green open space between the housing areas to the south and the playing fields of the Telegraph Lane schools to the north. The writer Geoffrey Goreham in his book about Thorpe Hamlet (1972) wrote: "In Rosary Cemetery stone monuments straggle up the slope amongst forest trees and waning sunlight casts long shadows of urns, obelisks and crosses on the maze of winding footpaths". The cemetery chapel > LinkExternal link was constructed in 1879 and is said to be the finest work of architect Edward Boardman > LinkExternal link.

Tragically, the first interment at the Rosary was Drummond's wife Ann who died in childbirth aged 41 > LinkExternal link. The cemetery has a number of literary links. The novelist Ralph Hale Mottram, for instance, is buried here in the family plot > LinkExternal link. He was Lord Mayor of Norwich and also the last chairman of the trustees of the cemetery before it was entrusted to Norwich Corporation in 1956. A number of Norwich School painters > LinkExternal link are also buried in the Rosary, as are a number of railway employees such as the train driver John Prior and the fireman James Light, both killed in the disastrous 1874 Thorpe rail accident > LinkExternal link. A great number of interesting gravestones and memorials, such as the cast iron monument of Jeremiah Cozens > LinkExternal link and made by Thomas Dixon's foundry in Norwich, can be found on the 13 acres (53,000 square metres) of the cemetery. The only mausoleum in the cemetery is that of the eye surgeon Emanuel Cooper > LinkExternal link.

An extension adjacent to the old part (referred to as the lower cemetery) in the north-east and bounded by Telegraph Lane East, was opened in 1924 > LinkExternal link on land formerly owned by Isaac Coaks. This new part or upper cemetery was laid out according to the advice received from Captain Sandys-Winsch, the then head of the council parks department and the designer of Eaton Park, Wensum Park, Waterloo Park, and Heigham Park in Norwich. The Rosary came under the control of the Norwich Corporation in 1954 and it is estimated that about 18,500 people have been buried there since 1821.

The year 2019 is a landmark date for the Rosary Cemetery in that it was established 200 years ago in 1819.

Graves of interest - be they members of Norwich's thriving Victorian merchant community, leaders of industry, bankers, eminent surgeons, painters, writers, preachers, or ordinary working people, they all have a story to tell.

Reverend John Alexander, founder of the Church of Christ - LinkExternal link

Robert George Bagshaw, paper manufacturer - LinkExternal link
William Bane, Great Eastern Railway auditor - LinkExternal link
John Barker, steam circus proprietor - LinkExternal link
John Blue, master of permanent ways at Thorpe Station - LinkExternal link
Edward Boardman, architect- LinkExternal link
Horatio Bolingbroke, textile manufacturer - LinkExternal link
Leonard George Bolingbroke, Registrar of the Diocese - LinkExternal link
Thomas Brightwell, solicitor, deacon and entomologist - LinkExternal link
Joshua Bryan, pastor and inventor - LinkExternal link
William Nathaniel Bullard, taylor - LinkExternal link
John Stolworthy Buttifant, millwright and engineer - LinkExternal link

Henry Chamberlin, manufacturer and founder of Chamberlin's department store - LinkExternal link
Sir George Chamberlin, Chamberlin's of Norwich - LinkExternal link
Isaac Bugg Coaks, solicitor - LinkExternal link
Ethel Mary Colman, England's first female Lord Mayor - LinkExternal link
Jeremiah James Colman, mustard manufacturer - LinkExternal link
Alan Cozens-Hardy Colman, son of Jeremiah James Colman, died on a Nile boat - LinkExternal link
Charles Collerson, railway worker at Thorpe station - LinkExternal link
Dr Emanuel Cooper, eye surgeon - LinkExternal link
John Copeman JP, grocer and provisions merchant - LinkExternal link
John Cox, master of the Great Hospital - LinkExternal link
Jeremiah Cozens, land owner and farmer - LinkExternal link
Sydney Cozens-Hardy, solicitor - LinkExternal link

William Howard Dakin, Dakin & Co, tea, coffee and spice merchants - LinkExternal link
Donald Dalrymple, Magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk - LinkExternal link
Leslie Davenport, a member of the Norwich Twenty Group of painters - LinkExternal link
Britiffe Edmund Dew, the Rosary's first cemetery superintendent - LinkExternal link
Thomas Dixon, iron foundry - LinkExternal link
Henry Drane, proprietor of 'The Telegraph' Norwich to London stagecoach - LinkExternal link
Thomas Drummond, founder of the Rosary Cemetery - LinkExternal link

Randle Egmore, missionary to the Norwich poor - LinkExternal link

William Freeman JP, artist, carver, gilder and looking glass manufacturer - LinkExternal link
Josiah Fletcher, printer, newspaper editor and manager - LinkExternal link
Sarah Fox, for many years mistress of the Octagon Chapel Girls Day School - LinkExternal link

Robert Govett MA, founder of the Surrey Chapel - LinkExternal link
George Gould, 33 years minister at St Mary's Baptist church - LinkExternal link
George Grout, crape manufacturer and silk merchant - LinkExternal link
Richard Hanbury Gurney, member of the Gurney (banking) family - LinkExternal link

William Harmer, founder of Harmer's clothing factory - LinkExternal link
Thomas Thurlow Harrison, a soldier of many wars - LinkExternal link
Henry Housego, painter - LinkExternal link
Hines Family, engineering and tool works - LinkExternal link
Frederick William Hubbard, train driver who averted a railway disaster - LinkExternal link
James Hughes, was awarded a medal in the French Revolutionary Wars - LinkExternal link

Samuel Jarrold, booksellers, publishers and printers - LinkExternal link
Thomas Jarrold, member of the Jarrold family - LinkExternal link
Isaac and William Jecks, timber merchants and ship owners - LinkExternal link

Mark Knights, chief reporter of the 'Eastern Daily Press' - LinkExternal link

John Berney Ladbrooke, acclaimed landscape painter - LinkExternal link
James Light, steam locomotive fireman killed in the Thorpe rail crash - LinkExternal link

Thomas Martineau, manufacturer of textiles - LinkExternal link
Henry Blake Miller, Town Clerk and clerk to the Sanitary Authority - LinkExternal link
Thomas Mitham, Norwich's last night watchman - LinkExternal link
Ralph Hale Mottram, novelist and banker - LinkExternal link

Don Newhouse, colour lithographer and children's artist - LinkExternal link

William Parker, inspector at Thorpe Station - LinkExternal link
Hannah, William and Martha Petch, Norwich boatbuilders - LinkExternal link
Arthur Robert Pickerell, probably the smallest monument in the Rosary - LinkExternal link
John Prior, locomotive engine driver killed in the Thorpe rail crash - LinkExternal link

16th The Queen's Lancers - LinkExternal link

Frederick Ringer, aka The King of Nagasaki - LinkExternal link

Thomas Edward Scrutton, Lord Justice of Appeal - LinkExternal link
John Howard Shakespeare, Baptist minister at St Mary's and secretary of the Baptist Union - LinkExternal link
James Sillett, landscape painter and still life artist - LinkExternal link
Thomas Osborn Springfield, manufacturer and silk merchant - LinkExternal link
Joseph Stanley, stone and marble masons - LinkExternal link
James, Michael and William Stark, landscape painter and dyers - LinkExternal link
Heathcote Dicken Statham, composer, conductor, organist and Master of Music at Norwich Cathedral - LinkExternal link
Francis Sutton, analytical chemist - LinkExternal link
Six infants of the Robertson Family - LinkExternal link
Seven young children of the Howard Family - LinkExternal link

John Odin Howard Taylor, solicitor, accomplished chess player and author of two books - LinkExternal link
John Thirtle, watercolour artist - LinkExternal link
Charles Thurston, amusement caterer - LinkExternal link
Jacob Henry Tillett, co-founder of the 'Norfolk News' newspaper - LinkExternal link
Robert Tillyard, proprietor of a leather-currying business - LinkExternal link
Robert Elliot Thorns, ironmonger, scalemaker and founder of Thorns in Norwich - LinkExternal link

John Venning, a merchants' representative in St Petersburg - LinkExternal link

John F Watson, founder of Heigham Hall, one of the finest private lunatic asylums in the country - LinkExternal link
Robert Webster, first chairman of the Norwich City Football Club - LinkExternal link
William Webster, General Sir RJ Harvey's coachman - LinkExternal link
Hannah Weeds, housekeeper of John Odin Howard Taylor of Pine Banks - LinkExternal link
Corporal George White, survivor of the Charge of the Light Brigade - LinkExternal link
Sir George White, partner in Howlett and White, shoe manufacturers - LinkExternal link
William Wilde Snr and Jnr, Coroner of Norwich and High Bailiff of Norfolk - LinkExternal link
Isaac Wiseman, textile and wine merchant - LinkExternal link
George Robert Womack, clothier, killed in the Thorpe rail crash - LinkExternal link
Tom Wright, artist and writer - LinkExternal link

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