Presentation of Inscriptions

What, How and When

Inscription Presentation
Within the limitations of how any website displays on the different-sized screens on which it may be viewed, the inscriptions are presented as reasonably close to the originals as possible. We do, however, use the following conventions:
  • We have only recorded what could be seen at the time. In some cases memorials have changed or been removed altogether since recording.
  • In the case of Seaford Cemetery, we have listed "missing" interments with no visible memorials.
  • We have not attempted to reproduce the wide variety of fonts and lettering styles found.
  • Memorial symbols, including crosses, are generally omitted; an occasional exception is "IHS" (see Symbols and carvings).
  • The Capitalised text found on most monumental inscriptions is given in lower case.
  • The Names of those commemorated are in bold and/or upper case, except where they occur in lists or as single entries.
  • Relatives' names are not capitalised or emboldened, except where they include the Surname commemorated.
  • Biblical, poetical and other Quotations are normally presented in italics. Quotations unsourced in the text are indicated in footnotes where identifiable, or included in Common Quotations.
  • Illegible or uncertain letters, numbers, words or lines are indicated by a question mark, dash or series of dashes ( ? -   - - - -)
  • Ages where stated in indexes are as given, not calculated. Children surviving less than a year are given as 0.
  • Footstone in the notes indicates the lower part (usually initials and a year) comes from a footstone
  • Kerbs: The length of inscriptions mean text is often wrapped after the name, thereby rendering them similar to upright headstones.
  • The spacing between blocks of text is approximate. Where the inscriptions are on kerbs or benches the most appropriate order is given. Additional memorial tablets are included below the probable original inscriptions.
  • Names Indexes: Full stops after initials have been omitted and initials closed up. Dates may be a compromise between what is legible and what appears in local records
  • Overgrown vegetation: where foliage is too thick or malicious to find an inscription, the plot has been marked as having no visible memorial on Cemetery plans. Existing but Illegible memorials are marked on churchyard plans, primarily to aid navigation.
  • All the monuments and memorials included are accessible to the public.
Lettering: A majority of inscriptions are in the form of incised lettering, carved into the surface. On more modern memorials lettering is often coloured. Others may be in lead lettering, the lead either hammered flush into the incised letter-shapes or surface-mounted. In the case of memorials at St Leonard's & St Peter's churchyards, details of this and descriptions of the shapes and materials used have been recorded and can be found in the books.
Names Indexes: A number of people appear more than once in the names indexes, particularly those whose death in wartime is commemorated. Each entry is given separately, and as given, which has led to slight differences.   Where identified, husbands of wives are noted, but not wives of husbands.
Relatives: Relatives with no memorial of their own are not included in the Names Indexes, and their names are not highlighted.

Kinship:   Where stated, a wife's husband is indicated in the Names Indexes, as are relationships such as son or daughter of, and brother or sister of. Although certain kinships might be presumed (eg where they share a grave), where not stated they are not included in the Names Indexes lest an assumption be false. Similarly, where a family has used the same or very similar forenames, it is left to the reader to work out any genealogical connections.

Cross-references: Where noticed links to related memorials are included in footnotes. Linking is not comprehensive, and we have undoubtedly not linked numerous relatives or members of the same family. In the case of wartime deaths, it is worth also looking at the war memorial pages, or making a Site Search. This should throw up all instances, except where alternate spellings have been used.
Seaford Cemetery: The Cemetery holds several thousand burials and memorials. We have followed Lewes District Council's plot-numbering and plan (inherited from SUDC) in which the area is divided into Sections and then Blocks. Memorial inscriptions are listed by Section and plot number. (Eg: A3-2480 = plot 2480 in Section A, Block 3). Please see the Cemetery plans.

Grave Locations: The locations of grave plots at St Peter's, St Leonard's and Seaford Cemetery are included on plot plans. In all cases these are indicative rather than accurate.

Descriptions: We have attempted to describe the burial monuments at St Leonard's and St Peter's churches; these are included in their respective books but not on the website. Due to the huge variety of designs in the Cemetery and elsewhere, and the proliferating terms used by stone-masons and funeral services, it was deemed impractical to attempt this for other monuments.
War Graves: "War graves" are graves listed as such by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Where initials only are given on some such headstones, we have noted what can be found in the CWGC or SUDC records. CWGC gravestones are routinely replaced when worn or corrections required.
School Memorials: Some former school memorials are included. We have found no details, however, for the majority of the many schools which once existed in Seaford (The Downs School, Chesterton, King's Mead, Ladycross, Micklefield, Newlands, St Peter's, St Wilfred's, Stoke House, Sutton Place, Tyttenhanger Lodge et al).

Illustrations: We cannot photograph every memorial, partly because of the number involved and because obtaining clear shots is often impossible due to deterioration of the marker due to age and weathering or overgrown foliage etc. Those included have been selected more or less at random, and nothing is intended by any inclusion or exclusion.

Faiths: The burial inscriptions recorded here are on Anglican monuments in the case of St Leonard's and St Peter's, and Roman Catholic in the case of St Thomas More. Seaford Cemetery includes both Anglican and Non-Conformist memorials, as do all other inscriptions on benches, buildings, war memorials etc. ["Non-Conformist" means "not belonging to the Church of England". It thus includes Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and other denominations or faiths as well as no-faith burials or memorials].

Book Memorials:
Where 'double' or 'book' memorials
occur, their side-by-side
inscriptions are laid out like this.
The layout for text which
runs across both 'pages'
has been retained.
Inclusions and Omissions: Memorial inscriptions are not authoritative evidence that persons mentioned were or were not interred in particular graves. Commemorative expressions are usually chosen by relatives and may - most often in the case of memorials placed in Seaford Cemetery - include names of people who died and were buried elsewhere. Although inscriptions are supposed to make clear where this is the case, the absence of such a note is not proof. Similarly, the absence of a name on a memorial is not evidence that a person was not buried in a marked grave. Where there is doubt, the burial records of the Council or Parish should be consulted.
Reading Dates: Readings began in 2012 and were completed by the dates below. Additions and changes to monuments may have appeared since then.
Churches etcSeaford Cemetery
St Peter'sJun 2013Section AOct 2014Section HJul 2014
St Thomas MoreAug 2013Section BJun 2016Section IAug 2020
St Leonard'sJun 2014Section CAug 2017 Gardens of Rest, Memorial Wall
and Eastern Extension sections:
Not Recorded
Other MemorialsMid-2014Section DAug 2015
War MemorialsAug 2013Section EJul 2015
Memorial BenchesDec 2016Section FJun 2018
(Some added since as found)Section GOct 2018

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