Presentation of Inscriptions
What, How and When
|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:
|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].
|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.
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