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Name: Edward Taylor

Burial Number: 0511

Gender: Male

Occupation: Landowner

Born: 00/00/1843

Died: 22/10/1906

Buried: 24/11/1906


Edward Dyson Taylor was born in Depwade, Norfolk, in 1843 into a family of great wealth. His parents were Thomas Lombe Taylor, 41yrs, farmer of 350 acres, and Mary Taylor, 34yrs, nee Cooper.

His father, Thomas, had inherited his fortune from his father, Mr. Meadows Taylor, Esq. and grandfather, Mr. Philip Meadows, Esq. both successful attorneys with a legal practice in Diss, Norfolk, a business that had run for 98 years. Edward had 8 siblings, Ellen b.1834, Anna b.1835, Bertha b.1837 John b.1839, Emma b.1840, Francis b.1845, Jessie b.1846, and Alfred b.1848.
Edward remained at Starston Place, the family home, until his late twenties, he was described as a landowner in the 1871 census, aged 27yrs. However, in 1881 he was a boarder at Stansfield House, Cranford, Middlesex, the home of Alfred Henry Collier, medical practitioner, and Edward was a patient, described as ‘Imbecile from birth’.

In 1901, aged 67 yrs, Edward was living on private means, at Southlands, a boarding house in Worthing with a hospital nurse. He died on 22nd October 1906, aged 62yrs.

Researcher: Maggie Martin

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 2 Plot: 12

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In loving memory of Edward Dyson Taylor son of Thomas Lombe Taylor of Starston, Norfolk died October 22nd 1906 aged 62 years

Further Information


Name: Edward Dyson Taylor

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1843

Town: Unknown

County: Norfolk

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 22/10/1906

Cause of death: Unknown

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at Starston Place, Depwade, Norfolk. Thomas Lombe Taylor, 48yrs, farmer of 350 acres, wife, Mary, 41yrs, Ellen 16, John 12, Edward 7, Francis 6, Emma 9, Jessie 4, and Alfred 3, plus Governess, Footman, 2 nursemaids and 5 domestic servants.


Living at Starston Place, Depwade, Norfolk. Thomas Lombe Taylor, 58yrs, farmer of 350 acres, wife, Mary, 51yrs, Ellen 27 Anna 25, Bertha 23, John 22, Edward 17, Francis 16, Emma 19, Jessie 14, and Alfred 13, plus 6 domestic servants.


Living at Starston Place, Depwade, Norfolk. Thomas Lombe Taylor, 68yrs, farmer of 350 acres, wife, Mary, 61yrs, Edward, 27yrs, Landowner, Jessie, 24yrs, Alfred, 23yrs, Landowner, plus 5 domestic servants.


Stansfield House, Cranford, Middlesex. Alfred Henry Collier, 45yrs, Medical Practitioner, wife, Sarah Stansfield Collier, 45yrs, 6 children, 2 boarders, Edward D. Taylor, 37yrs, Resident Patient with Allowance, and Phoebe Whittell, widow, 60yrs, Resident Patient, Annuitant.


Living at ‘Southlands’, Heene, Worthing. Sarah Ann Bennett, Hd. 54yrs, Boarding-house keeper, Nancy Matheson, 15yrs, Boarder, Bertha Menzies, 31yrs, Boarder, Governess, Sarah Grace Smith, 55yrs, Boarder, Hospital Nurse, Edward D. Taylor, 67yrs, Boarder, Living on own means.

Miscellaneous Information

Uxbridge and West Drayton Gazette – Saturday 23rd July 1881.

FIFTY POUNDS REWARD. –Whereas certain, evilly disposed and malicious persons have circulated LIBELLOUS STATEMENTS, affecting the professional reputation of Alfred Henry Collier, Esq., of Stansfield House, Cranford, Middlesex, a legally qualified Medical Practitioner. Any person or persons who will give evidence to Messrs. Molesworth and Son, Solicitors, Rochdale, or to the Complainant, leading to the conviction of the aforesaid Slanderers, shall receive the above reward.

This same newspaper carried an obituary for Alfred Henry Collier in November 1923 when he died, aged 88yrs. “The doctor will be remembered with much gratitude and respect by many in Cranford…his kindness and sympathetic regard for suffering won for him a big place in the hearts of his former patients”.

Norfolk Chronicle – Saturday 18th May 1901.


The Meadows and Taylor families have long been connected with Diss, and there are few families in Norfolk more highly esteemed. In the middle of the eighteenth century lived in that town Mr. Philip Meadows, who inherited his name from his collateral ancestor, Sir Philip Meadows, the ambassador of Cromwell, the colleague of Milton, and, by a singular felicity, also the associate of Lock. Mr. Meadows was intended for the Bar, but the deformity called wine stain on one side of his otherwise handsome face disinclined him to present himself in public, and settled as an attorney at Diss, where he acquired and enjoyed the esteem and confidence of the whole neighbourhood. He had no children, and adopted, as his successor, his nephew, Mr. Meadows Taylor, of Norwich, by whom, after his death, the business was carried on with an undiminished reputation, remaining for a period of ninety-eight years in the hands of the nephew, and what perhaps more remarkable, carried on in the same house during the whole of that time. At the death of Mr. Meadows Taylor, in 1838, the business devolved on his son, Mr. Thomas Lombe Taylor.

Extract from ‘Rural History Today’.

Thomas Lombe Taylor was an important figure in Diss and its area. Born about 1803 he was the son of Meadows Taylor an Attorney. His father had inherited the business from Phillip Meadows who had strong family links with the old Dissenting elite of Norwich stretching back to the 1660s. The family also part owned Dyson and Taylor’s Diss Brewery and the Bank of the same name. On his father’s death Thomas went into the family law business. However, his career in the law was short- lived as ‘the fortune which this gentleman inherited from his father and from the family of his mother having rendered him independent of it, he quitted the profession and devoted himself to agricultural pursuits’. He was to live and farm in Starston for the rest of his life, and indeed descendants of his family still live there