St Martin's Church Overstrand (1845)

On the 19th February 1845, Thomas Fowell Buxton died with his family around him. His friend and brother-in-law, J J Gurney wrote, “Never was death more still, solemn and gentle, than on this occasion…Such an expression of intellectual power and refinement, of love of God and man, I think I have never seen before in any human countenance.” He was buried in Overstrand Church, near Cromer. On the day of his funeral people came through lanes and across fields from every direction. There were far too many for the church.

He is buried in the aisle of the church. In the same grave is his oldest son, John Henry, his sister Sarah, Anna Gurney and his wife Hannah.