FAQs

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’.

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 1997-2015.

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 and Chamberlin, Rev David, “Edith Cavell 1865-1915 – A Norfolk Heroine” 1985, 1997- 2015. 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.

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of church services, etc., visit: http://www.swardeston.churchnorfolk.com/ (Please note that some links on that page are out of date or incorrect.)

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 8AD. 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?

No – all we have here is a large box of Edith Cavell memorabilia – photographs, books, paintings, etc. The best items will be placed on display at the next Cavell Festival. At other times they can be viewed by prior arrangement. Please use the Enquiry email to make necessary arrangements.

We hope to have a proper exhibition in the church here in 2015 using the old vestry. This will provide a continuing exhibition space – there will of course be several other local shorter term exhibitions (Norfolk Record Office, Castle Museum, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, the Cathedral Hostry and more).