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Norfolk - Famous People

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  • George Vancouver (1757 - 1798)
    es.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Vancouver Captain George Vancouver (22 June 1757 – 10 May 1798) was an English officer of the Royal Navy, best known for his 1791–95 expedition, which exp...
  • 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...

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)

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • Anna Sewell - author of Black Beauty

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