Norris plot (Richard & Henrietta) | Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Norris plot (Richard & Henrietta)


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Memorial details

Family name Norris
Burial date Not known
Burial capacity 2 (Full used)
Burial depth Not known
From burial books?
Burial visible (2019)?
Burial visible (1991)?   

This double length grave covers three separate plots and contains the burials of five (possibly six) Norris siblings.

  • Jesse Bertha Norris (1858 – 1951)
  • Henrietta Norah Norris (1863 – 1925)
  • Richard Arthur Norris (1860 – 1937)
  • George Murray Norris (1861 – ?)
  • Lilla Mary Norris (1857 – 1921)
  • Ethelwynne Maud Norris (d.1958)

At the centre of the double grave should be a stone cross (currently being re-carved by a stonemason) mounted on a central cuboid plinth. The plinth is inscribed with text from St Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians, 15:55, a defiant affirmation of belief in the Christian doctrine of resurrection:

“O death, where is thy sting?”
“O grave, where is thy victory?”

On the other side are inscribed the initials and death dates of the Norris siblings up to 1951:

In beloved memory
LMN 1921
HNN 1925
RAN 1937
JBA 1951

Around the kerbstone are inscribed the names of the deceased. At the header and footer an inscription evoking the Three Virtues of “Faith, Hope and Charity” (“Love” in some translations), also found in 1 Corinthians.

+ In Love +
In Faith + in Hope

We see no inscription referring to George Murray Norris.

Condition: good

After many years of neglect the kerbstones had collapsed and the central stone cross had been topped. The grave was restored by Will Yendell in 2019, who lifted and re-set the kerbs and re-aligned the central plinth. The stone cross is currently missing but it is hoped that it will be reinstated when a replacement has been carved by the stonemason.



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