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The Norfolk and Good: famous (non-literary) Norfolk People
 

Thomas Anguish 1538-1617 Mayor of Norwich; founder of educational foundation. He is buried in St. George, Tombland.
 
(John) Thomas Baines 1820-1875 Painter and war artist. Born in Kings Lynn but famous in Australia and South Africa. Buried in Durban.
 
Thomas Bignold 1761-1835 Founder of Norwich Union
 
Henry Blofeld 1939- Cricket commentator
 
Henry Blogg 1876-1954 Lifeboatman, Cromer
 
Francis Blomefield 1705-1752 Norfolk historian
 
Anne Boleyn 1507-1536 May have been born at Blickling Hall. (Some say her ghost is still there.)
 
Boudicca or Boadicea Died AD 61 Queen of the Iceni
 
Arnesby Brown 1866-1955 Landscape painter
 
Harry Carter 1907-1983 Sign maker; cousin of Howard Carter
 
Howard Carter 1874-1939 The archaeologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen. He was unaffected by the 'Curse of the Pharaohs'.
 
Edith Cavell 1865-1915 Nurse. Buried next to Norwich cathedral.
 
Thomas Coke 1754-1842 PM and Holkham estate owner.
 
Jeremiah Colman 1830-1898 Moved the family's mustard business from Stoke Holy Cross Mill to Carrow. Buried in Rosary Cemetery.
 
John Sell Cotman 1782-1842 Artist
 
Harry Cox 1885-1971 Folk singer and farmworker. Born at Barton Turf.
 
John Crome 1768-1821 Norwich School Painter
 
William Crotch 1775-1847 Composer and child prodigy
 
Harold Davidson 1876-1937 Rector of Stiffkey; saver of fallen women
 
Cathy Dennis 1969- Singer/songwriter
 
Sir James Dyson 1947- Inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner
 
Albert Einstein 1879-1955 Visited Norfolk in 1933 after fleeing Germany. He lived for a short time in a hut on Roughton Heath, near Cromer.
 
Peter Emerson 1856-1936 Broads photographer
 
William Faden 1750-1836 Mapmaker
 
William Fellowes 1707-1775 Philanthropist and founder of the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in 1771.
 
Bob Flowerdew   Organic gardener
 
Elizabeth Fry 1780-1845 Prison reformer
 
Jack Gedge 1885-1986 Last wherryman
 
Sienna Guillory 1975- Actress
 
Robert Hales 1820-1863 Giant (Buried in West Somerton churchyard)
 
Neil Innes 1944- Urban spaceman; educated at Thorpe Grammar School
 
Thomas Ivory 1709-1779 Architect
 
Will Judge 1883-1960 'The Original Norfolk Comedian'
 
Robert Kett 1492-1549 Rebel. Hanged at Norwich Castle.
 
Myleene Klass 1978 Gorleston gal
 
Sam Larner 1878-1965 Fisherman and folk singer. There is now a blue plaque on his old house in Winterton.
 
Jenny Lind 1820-1887 The 'Swedish nightingale' sang at St. Andrew's Hall in 1847. Later she raised money from concerts to found the Jenny Lind Infirmary for Sick Children.
 
Sydney Long 1870-1939 Founder of Norfolk Naturalists' Trust
 
Herbert de Losinga 1054-1119 Founder of Norwich Cathedral
 
Jem Mace 1831-1910 Boxer
 
Ruth Madoc 1943- Actress. Born in Norwich but moved to Wales.
 
Louis Marchesi 1898-1968 Founder of the Round Table
 
Robert Marsham 1708-1797 Tree planter and phenologist
 
Sarah Martin 1791-1843 Prison visitor and reformer
 
Bernard Matthews 1930-2010 Turkey baron
 
Danny Mills 1977- Footballer
 
Walter Nugent Monck 1878-1958 Founder of Maddermarket Theatre
 
Alfred Munnings 1878-1959 Horse painter
 
Sir Christopher Myngs 1625-1666 Admiral and pirate
 
Lord Horatio Nelson 1758-1805 Admiral (Buried St. Paul's Cathedral)
 
Nimmo Twins   Comedians
 
Beth Orton 1970- Singer/songwriter
 
James Paget 1814-1899 Surgeon
 
Walter Pardon 1914-1996 Folk singer; born at Knapton
 
Samuel Peto 1809-1889 Rail pioneer
 
Fuller Pilch 1804-1870 Batsman
 
Humphrey Repton 1752-1818 Landscape gardener; buried at Aylsham church
 
Edward Rigby 1747-1822 Surgeon. See Framingham Earl
 
Edward Seago 1910-1974 Artist. Lived in The Dutch House at Ludham. His ashes were scattered on the marshes.
 
George Skipper 1856-1948 Architect; designed the Royal Arcade.
 
James Stark 1794-1859 Norwich School Painter; buried in Rosary Cemetery
 
Sir Cloudesley Shovell 1650-1707 Admiral (Shipwrecked on Scilly Isles; buried Westminster Abbey.)
 
Frederick Deleep Singh 1868-1926 Benefactor and local historian. See Blo' Norton
 
John Edward Smith 1759-1828 Founder of Linnaean Society
 
Augustine Steward 1491-1571 Three times Lord Mayor of Norwich. His crooked house is situated opposite Erpingham Gate.
 
Chris Sutton 1973- Footballer
 
Roger Taylor 1949- Drummer with Queen
 
Charles 'Turnip' Townsend 1674-1738 Invented four-course crop rotation system
 
Peter Trudgill 1943- Sociolinguist and Norfolk dialect expert
 
George Vancouver 1757-1798 British Naval officer; born King's Lynn; explored North America
 
Robert Walpole 1676-1745 1st English Prime Minister. See Houghton Hall
 
John Wilson 1943- Angler, tackle shop owner, TV presenter
 
 

 

 
 

 

 

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