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  • Edward FitzGerald (1809 - 1883)
    Edward FitzGerald (poet) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Edward FitzGerald Born 31 March 1809 Bredfield House, Bredfield, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom Died 14 June 188...
  • John Henry Abigail (1897 - 1917)
    ABIGAIL, JOHN HENRY Rank: Private Service No: 9694 Date of Death: 12/09/1917 Age: 20 Regiment/Service: Norfolk Regiment 8th Bn. Grave Reference: Cemetery: ESQUELBECQ COMMUNAL CEMETERY ...
  • Philip Pullman (1946 - d.)
    Philip Pullman CBE, FRSL Philip Pullman CBE, FRSL (born 19 October 1946) is a British writer. He is the author of several best-selling books, most notably the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials and t...
  • John Berney Crome (1794 - 1842)
    John Berney Crome (1 Dec 1794 – 15 Sep 1842) was an English landscape and marine painter associated with the Norwich School of artists. He is sometimes known as "John Bernay Crome" or by the nic...
  • William Brodrick, 8th Viscount Midleton (1830 - 1907)
    William Brodrick, 8th Viscount Midleton (6 January 1830 – 18 April 1907), was a British peer and Conservative Midleton was the son of Reverend William John Brodrick, 7th Viscount Midleton, Dea...

Famous People Connected to Norfolk

Image right - Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson

Those people of note with connections to the county are listed below. Some of these connections are a little tenuous - counties like to lay claim to people of renown!

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  • Private John Abigail 9694. 8th Bn. Norfolk Regiment, executed for desertion 12/09/1917, aged 20. Esquelbecq Communal Cemetery his stone Son of John James and Susannah Maria Abigail, of 17, Distillery Yard, Oak St., Norwich (WO 71/592)



  • Howard Carter - archaeologist who discovered Tutankhamun's tomb
  • Edith Cavell - WW1 nurse who was executed by the Germans for assisting prisoners escape
  • John Crome Private Profile (1768–1821) - English artist, founder of the Norwich school of painters
  • John Berney Crome (8 Dec 1794 – 15 Sep 1842) English landscape and marine painter associated with the Norwich School of artists. son of John Crome


  • Diana, Princess of Wales, first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, was born and grew up near Sandringham
  • Sir James Dyson, inventor and entrepreneur, was born at Cromer, grew up at Holt and was educated at Gresham's School
  • Anthony Duckworth-Chad, landowner and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk



  • Pablo Fanque, equestrian and popular Victorian circus proprietor, whose 1843 poster advertisement inspired The Beatles song, Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!, born in Norwich
  • Margaret Fountaine, butterfly collector, was born in Norfolk, and her collection is housed in Norwich Castle Museum
  • Elizabeth Fry (1789-1845) Prison reformer
  • Samuel Fuller, signed the Mayflower Compact



  • Sir Henry Rider Haggard, novelist, author of She and King Solomon's Mines, was born in Bradenham 1856 and after his marriage lived at Ditchingham



  • Julian of Norwich, mediaeval mystic, born probably in Norwich in 1342; lived much of her life as a recluse in Norwich



  • John Lindley FRS (8 February 1799 – 1 November 1865) English botanist and author.

Lindley was born at Catton, near Norwich, England, where his father, George Lindley, author of A Guide to the Orchard and Kitchen Garden, owned a nursery garden.



  • Horatio, Lord Nelson, Admiral and British hero who played a major role in the Battle of Trafalgar, born and schooled in Norfolk.



  • Sir Matthew Clive Pinsent, CBE an Olympic rowing gold medallist who was born in Holt, Norfolk.




  • Anna Sewell - author of Black Beauty





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