Using material from this site

You are welcome to use material from the site for non-commercial purposes, provided proper acknowledgment of the source is made.

I am using information from this site in a school or college project – how do I reference it?

The website is based on a booklet originally published by Swardeston Parochial Church Council in 1985, written by Rev Phillip McFadyen; edited, converted for www and additional content added by Rev David Chamberlin and Nick Miller 1997-2019.

As we understand it, the correct way to reference this website (as recommended in The Columbia Guide to Online Style by Janice R. Walker and Todd Taylor (Columbia UP, 1998)) is as follows:

McFadyen, Rev Phillip, Chamberlin, Rev David, Miller, Nick, “Edith Cavell 1865-1915 – A Norfolk Heroine” 1985, 1997-2020. http://www.edithcavell.org.uk (Accessed insert date).

Your institution may have different format requirements, but this should be all the information you need.

What about copyright?

Swardeston PCC retains copyright in the written content of this website.

The question of copyright in the various photographs is more unclear. Those that have been submitted to us are clearly marked, and the copyright remains with the person submitting it: you must get permission from the copyright owner for reproduction.

Other photographs are taken from material in the possession of Swardeston Church, none of which has any copyright information added to it.

If, by publishing photographs on this website, we have unwittingly infringed anyone’s copyright, we apologise, and would be grateful for the opportunity to remedy this by correctly attributing photographs in the future.

How do I pronounce the name Cavell?

Edith’s father Frederick was adamant that the Cavell family name should not rhyme with ‘hell’. The correct pronunciation therefore rhymes with ‘travel’.

Visiting Swardeston Church and village

Swardeston is located 4 miles South South West of the City of Norwich in the County of Norfolk in England, on the B1113 road.

The Church is at the top of an unmade track off the West side of Main Road at the Southern end of the village, opposite Wood Lane.

Edith is commemorated on the village war memorial outside the lych gate.

Edith Cavell’s parents are both buried in the churchyard by the side gate to the Old Vicarage; their grave is marked – follow the marker near the East end of the church.

For further details of church services, etc., visit: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/6121/

The Ordnance Survey grid reference is TG198024, and can be found on Landranger map no. 134 Norwich and the Broads.

Google Maps link (opens new window)

If you are using GPS, Lat. 52.57487 Lon. 1.24375 will find the Church door.

For SatNav, the postcode is NR14 8EB. If in doubt, ask a local – they’re very friendly!

Visiting Edith Cavell’s grave at Norwich Cathedral

Edith Cavell’s grave is outside the east end of the Cathedral in Norwich and there is a bust of her outside the Erpingham Gate leading into the Cathedral Close. Directions and opening times for Norwich Cathedral: http://www.cathedral.org.uk/

Do you know of any living relatives of Edith Cavell?

As Edith never married, she has no direct descendants. There are a number of cousins of various degrees of remove scattered around the world, many of whom have been in touch with us, and we would be glad to hear from any others.

We regret that it is not possible to undertake any genealogical research, other than official searches in Swardeston Church records (i.e. Baptism, Marriage and Burial registers only), for which a statutory fee is payable.

Is there an Edith Cavell museum at Swardeston or elsewhere in Norfolk?

There is no Cavell museum in Norfolk, but at St Mary’s we do have a large and growing collection of Edith Cavell memorabilia – photographs, books, paintings, etc. Thanks to a generous HLF WWI grant these will be available online from March 2020 via the Archive link on this site.

To see items and/or if you need more information on any item from our Archive you will need to use the Enquiry email, especially if you wish to visit Swardeston and wish to make arrangements for a visit. Do please cantact us via the Enquiry email to discuss any Cavell items that you may have.

Other museums, archives and libraries with substantial material on Edith Cavell include:

  • Millennium Library, Heritage Section, Norwich
  • Castle Museum, Norwich
  • Norfolk Record Office, Norwich
  • Norwich Cathedral Library
  • Royal London Hospital Archive and Museum, London
  • Imperial War Museum, London
  • National Archives, Kew, London

For access details, see our section Further Reading and Links