We are searching for old photographs of Heene Cemetery, Worthing, and the surrounding area.
Do you have any photographs of the wide range of properties that existed in Victorian Heene? Your contribution to link the burials to the places they lived would be greatly appreciated.
This photograph, along with other personal documents, was kindly shared with us by a relative of William Ramage Lawson whose story can be read here
Heene Cemetery burials include many people from all walks of life. There are many homes that have been demolished over the years. Cook’s Row, shown above, was the family home of Windsor George Smith. You can view his short story here
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Francis Tate, Architectural and Monumental Mason, Stone Yard, North Street, Worthing
A visit to the shop, that still stands in North Street, Worthing, led to an exciting link to our research. Upon enquiring if they held any historical records, we were informed to contact Tilleys Stonemasons in Brighton, where we spoke to Jeremy Tilley.
In Search of Tate’s Stonemasons Records
Jeremy explained that his Grandfather had taken over the business from Francis Tate, and when we enquired about any old photographs or books about memorial stones, we were very excited to hear he had kept some archives from his grandfather. The majority of Francis Tate’s records and glass plate photographs were given to Worthing Museum or Library.
A Treasure Trove is found!
Since this phone call, Jeremy invited us to visit him in Brighton, and we enthusiastically started to look through the numerous black and white photographs taken in various burial sites. Luckily we found a couple of Heene Cemetery burials and will be going back to continue our search for more.
The Friends of Heene Cemetery do have core costs which need to be met. A small donation towards our conservation and heritage projects would ensure that this website continues to bring you the history of yesterday and the findings of today!Sue Standing – Chairperson for Friends of Heene Cemetery
Researchers are looking forward to visiting Chichester Record Office.
The West Sussex Record Office also holds many archived documents of Francis Tate Architectural and Monumental Masons, which we are very interested in viewing.
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