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Name: Norah Bourne

Burial Number: 1313

Gender: Female

Occupation: Spinster of Independent means

Born: 00/00/1883

Died: 11/11/1927

Buried: 15/11/1927


Norah was born in Hildenborough, Kent. Her father, William Wykeham Frederick Bourne, born in British Guiana, was a wealthy East India merchant. Norah’s middle name was the maiden name of her Welsh mother, Ann Margaret Bourne.

In the 1911 Census, Norah is described as an ‘artist painter’. More precisely, she was a painter of miniatures. An article in the Worthing Herald mentions that she exhibited her work in London galleries. In fact, she was so skilled that one of her miniatures was chosen to be included in one of the small books in Queen Mary’s Doll House at Windsor, completed in 1924.

Norah lived most of her life in Kensington, London, but for her final years her address was 46, St Michael’s Road, Worthing, which passes Heene Cemetery.

There is an entry in Who’s Who in Worthing and District (1938-39) devoted to Ann, Norah’s mother, in which the house is called “Dalby”. Dalby Hall was the ancestral home of the Wolseley family to which Norah’s father was related through his mother, Eliza Jane Wolseley (c1828-1848). Eliza’s ancestry can be traced through the first Baronet Wolseley to Henry V111 and beyond (see GENI for the complete sequence) The Brereton side of the family originated from Cheshire and settled in Ireland when Sir William Brereton was appointed Lord Justice and Lord High Marshall of Ireland. The Bourne and Woolsey families are mentioned in “The Royal Lineage of Our Noble and Gentle Families” by Joseph Foster printed in 1884 where the line is traced back to Edward 1.

In Norah’s probate announcement, her address is given as “Sorrento”, 46, St Michael’s Road, She left £2, 820 14s 7d to be administered by James Wykeham Bourne (her brother) and Charles Rowland Hopwood, solicitor. Unfortunately, the house has been replaced by modern buildings. Norah died on 11 November 1927 aged 44, and was buried at Heene on 15 November.

Researcher: Angela Levy

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 5 Plot: 5

Exact Location (what3words): proud.oval.moves

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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"He is our peace" Norah dearly loved daughter of Wykeham Bourne and his wife Annie. Fell asleep 11th November 1927 "To be with Christ which is far better" also David, her nephew "Jesus called a little child unto him" 21st January 1928

Further Information


Name: Norah Brereton Bourne

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1883

Town: Hildenborough

County: Kent

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 11/11/1927

Cause of death: Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Address line 1: Sorrento

Address line 2: 46

Address line 3: St Michael's Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £2820 14 s 7 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


68 Elgin Crescent, Kensington

William aged 42, commission merchant, born in British Guiana. Ann Margaret aged 33. Magdalen aged 9. Norah aged 7. James aged 6. Sybil aged 4. Dorothy aged 2. John Frederick aged 7 months. Plus 6 servants.


15 Addison Crescent, Kensington.

William aged 52, hardware merchant. Ann aged 43. Magdalene aged 19. Norah aged 17. James aged 16. Sybil aged 14. Minnie aged 8. Phyllis aged 5. Kathleen aged 3. Ann Kernan aged 88, visitor, own means. Plus 6 servants.


53 Oxford Gardens, Kensington.

William aged 62, retired merchant. Ann aged 53. Magdalene aged 29. Norah aged 28, painter, artist. John Frederick aged20, solicitor’s clerk. Minnie Isabel aged 18. Phyllis Margaret aged 15. Kathleen aged 13. Plus 3 servants.


53 Oxford Gardens, North Kensington, W10

Ann Margaret Bourne, Head, 63yrs 9mths; Widowed; Born – Brecon, South Wales;

Norah Brereton Bourne, Daughter, 37yrs 10mths; Single; Born – Hildenborough, Kent;

Phyllis Margaret Bourne, Daughter, 26yrs; Single; Born – London

Katherine E Brereton, Sister, 69yrs 3mths; Single; Born – Dublin, Ireland

Mary Pearce, Cook, 73yrs 5mths; Widowed; Born – Kempley, Gloucestershire; Domestic, Private;

Miscellaneous Information

Daughter of William Wykeham Frederick Bourne a General Merchant (deceased); M.I. Bourne, sister was present at the death resident at 46 St Michael’s Road, Worthing