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Famous Norfolk photographer, Robert Howlett, has grave rededicated after crowdfunded restoration

PUBLISHED: 12:06 18 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:29 18 October 2017

Robert Howlett's grave was rededicated after its restoration in a ceremony held on Saturday, October 14. Photo: Sue Douglas

Robert Howlett's grave was rededicated after its restoration in a ceremony held on Saturday, October 14. Photo: Sue Douglas

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A famous Norfolk photographer’s grave has been rededicated, after a successful crowdfunding campaign to restore it.

Robert Howlett's most famous photograph, of Isambard Kingdom Brunel standing in front of the launching chains of the Great Eastern steam ship in 1857. Robert Howlett and Joseph Cundall were commissioned by the Illustrated Times to take photographs of the Great Eastern, originally christened the Leviathan, and produced a set of fifteen stereoscopic slides. Howlett died the following year, aged 27.Robert Howlett's most famous photograph, of Isambard Kingdom Brunel standing in front of the launching chains of the Great Eastern steam ship in 1857. Robert Howlett and Joseph Cundall were commissioned by the Illustrated Times to take photographs of the Great Eastern, originally christened the Leviathan, and produced a set of fifteen stereoscopic slides. Howlett died the following year, aged 27.

Robert Howlett, a pioneering 19th century photographer, lived in Norfolk and is buried in St Peter and St Paul churchyard, in Wendling.

A ceremony was held on Saturday, October 14, at 2pm, to rededicate his final resting place, after its restoration.

Howlett took an iconic Victorian portrait of the of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, in 1857. He died a year later, in Norfolk, aged 27.

A photographer from Nottingham, Rose Teanby, discovered Howlett’s derelict grave two years ago.

Robert Howlett's grave, which had fallen into disrepair. Picture: Rose TeanbyRobert Howlett's grave, which had fallen into disrepair. Picture: Rose Teanby

She ran a crowdfunding appeal to restore the grave, raising £2,000.

The rededication ceremony took place in the churchyard.

Reverend Julia Hemp and Ms Teanby both spoke at the non-religious ceremony, which included contributions from others who had been involved in the fundraising and restoration.

More information is available on Rose Teanby’s website.


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