Swaffham – St. Peter and St. Paul Church (Elizabeth Hainesworth)

Judging from the furniture placed on it and the rearrangement of stones, the church interior at Swaffham Church has no doubt changed somewhat since Elizabeth Hainesworth was buried here in 1735. There’s not much of a story here that I can tell, as there isn’t much information that I can find out. As the stone says, Elizabeth died on 4 March 1735, aged 48 years old.

Her husband Luke does appear in a few registers from the early eighteenth century from when he employed apprentices. He was a grocer and a mercer (dealer of fabrics) in Swaffham and there’s little doubt that he would have been comfortably off. They had at least one child between them, John Hainesworth, who was baptised on 25 May 1726. But, other than that, the on-line databases are producing nothing more. But I liked the stone, in a rather good state of repair for its age.