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But Lou reckons she is barely about 70 % of the way in which by finishing her uncommon project – and with new gravestones being added to Norfolk’s cemeteries each day. Her picture assortment to this point dates way back to the 1600s – and Lou and her mum, Angela Parke, even clear up some of the older gravestones to make the inscriptions extra seen. Lou, from North Walsham, has spent over a decade placing collectively her picture assortment – and retains spreadsheets documenting the gravestones she has photographed to this point.

And as she paperwork every headstone, she sends the small print to ancestry web site Findmypast – to assist individuals who could also be attempting to trace down their relations buried in Norfolk.

Lou stated: “I just think that this is really important to do for future generations, so that they might be able to trace their family back.

“It’s turning into so in style now for individuals to wish to know the place they got here from – hopefully this can assist.

“I have had people contact me through Ancestry.com about some of the photographs I’ve taken.

“But as a result of I’ve received so many images, I have never actually had an opportunity to place names to all of them but.

“In some of the places I’ve been to, there are thousands and thousands of gravestones in just one cemetery or churchyard.

“I do not assume it is one thing I’ll ever be capable to truly full, as a result of sadly individuals die each day.”

Lou, who works as a shift manager for a supermarket, said her “bizarre” hobby began around 12 years ago, when she started to research her own family tree.

She said: “I used to be by no means actually into historical past after I was in school, however after I began attempting to hint my circle of relatives tree, and observe down their gravestones, I simply discovered it completely fascinating.

“Most of my family has been based in Norfolk back to the early 1800s – but I’ve been trying for years to trace down my great-grandmother.

“I have never been capable of finding her, or get to the underside of what occurred to her.

“Then when I started photographing other gravestones, my own family tree took a bit of a back seat, and this kind of took over. It became a bit of a weird hobby.

“I simply discover cemeteries are literally fairly beautiful, peaceable locations to be. You get tons of wildlife coming by them.

“And some of the stones you see are so decorative and ornate, they’re like works of art.

“They’re all accomplished by hand, and a few of the verses you see on them are simply superb.

“You can find out a lot of history from a gravestone – sometimes it will say who that person’s father and mother were, or their occupation, or whether they lived abroad for so many years.

“It’s such a disgrace while you see that some of these stones have been utterly grown over by grass and have disappeared.

“But if I come across something like that and it’s still accessible, I will do my best to clean it up and photograph it.

“You’d be stunned what a bit of water can do for some of these stones.”

Lou added: “It will be fairly heartbreaking while you see younger kids who’ve been buried, or while you see entire households which can be worn out. I do attempt to change off from that.

“But it also makes you realise that we are really, really lucky these days to have the medical and scientific advances that we do today.”

Lou stated that she has some cemeteries and churchyards on her checklist that she must revisit later within the year, when they don’t seem to be so overgrown with summer season blooms.

And she can also be wanting ahead to having the ability to journey once more as soon as Covid restrictions permit – in order that she will be able to {photograph} battle graves and battle memorials overseas.

She stated: “I tend to plan a lot of my travels around visiting war graves abroad – in cities like Hamburg, Cyprus, Krakow, and Berlin.

“I’m hoping as quickly as lockdown eases I can get again abroad and go and go to some extra of these.”

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