Norfolk Corys

The earliest Cory recorded in the county was Geoffrey Cory, a priest, mentioned in 1324 in the Patent Rolls but it is the line of Robert Corie of Bramerton that provides the earliest family tree in Norfolk. 


Robert Corie (d 1444) purchased land in 1399 and in 1403 he bought an estate in

One of the Stained glass windows in Bramerton church

the village of Bramerton. Robert had two sons; John; William, priest of Norton; and three daughters, Alice, Blyth and Matilda.  Bramerton Hall was the seat of the Corys until it passed out of the Cory family after Thomas’s son and the last heir died in 1682.  As Thomas died without issue,  the Bramerton estate was left to his second wife’s nephew. Over the years, Robert Corie’s house was redesigned by the new owners of Bramerton Hall  so the church is the place where all people interested in the name of Cory visit on coming to Norfolk. (Tree Norfolk Corys: A1)

Bramerton graveIn St. Peter’s church there is a Cory memorial in the form of a small brass plaque on the north side of the chancel. It is on the wall on the left of the altar rail and is in memory of Robert Cory, who died on 17 August 1629 after long and tedious sickness of above four years continuance, which he endured with patience. He was 56 years of age and left a second wife, 6 sons and 2 daughters which he had by his first wife.  No other memorial remains from those early Corys and the only Cory grave in the churchyard today is that of a more recent Cory who chose to rest in the village of his ancestors.

Norwich, the county’s city, grew as a result of the wool trade becoming one of the most important cities in England. The Corys connected to the weaving industry, were merchants and Freemen of becoming  prominent in the civic functions of the city. Although never achieving knighthoods through their endeavours, the Corys list Sheriffs, Town Clerks, Recorders, Surveyors to the Children’s Hospital and even a Member of Parliament. Buildings such as the Norwich Guildhall were built during their time in office, but not many memorials to them remain in Norwich today.


One that does remain is the Corie memorial in St Margaret’s Church in Old Catton. This is a large white marble monument 1940 mm high by 1200 mm wide and can be found on the eastern end on the north wall of the north aisle. It is in memory of William Corie, son of Thomas Corie & Elizabeth Layer, who married Judith Copping by licence on 17 November 1679. (Tree: Norfolk Corys:A27)

Catton MemorialThe top has a broken semi-circular pediment containing an elaborately carved coat of arms, which was originally coloured. [Blazoned as: Quarterly: 1 and 4 for Corie (Sable) on a Chevron between three Griffin’s heads erased (Or) three Mulletts (Gules); 2 and 3 for Layer, Per pale (Argent and Sable) a Unicorn passant between three Cross-crosslets (all-counterchanged): Impaling Castell, Argent Castles triple-towered.]

A lengthy inscription gives us so much information about the husband who died after only seven years of marriage.  Translated from the Latin it reads:

His earthly remains here laid aside,
Wept over by his family and welcome to the saints,
And shining with eternal youthfulness.
With swift wing ascends to his ethereal home,
William Corie, Esquire, Scion of the noble house of Corie;
A man born for great things, if he had not desired greater,
But entrusted to the earth.  The heavens call for him,
And nothing, alas, do they give in return.
He was while on earth A most learned lawyer,
and (rare combination) most just.
Faithful to God and to godlike Princes;
Cheerful of character and mild in his speech;
Sweet of manner, and imbued with integrity;
And (Once and for all) the constant friend to the Church,
But his soul now free from its chains
(not inconstant nor seductive, but a dweller with God)
Now received into its homeland by right,

Hears nothing but a joyful HURRAH;
And makes no sound or break save HALLELUJAH
Which, that one day you may accompany, Reader,
Now, now while there is still time, sing.
He died on 24th December in Year of our Lord 1686
In whose memory, with sobs, his inseparable
(Oh if only) wife Judith Corie set this up.

Judith did marry again, to Theophilus Williams, – but not until 25 March 1695.


Sendall Utting Cory (1796-1866) married Mary Ann Goodman in 1817 at Swaffham. They had 13 children, 9 girls and 4 boys. Measham Barge Ware teapotThe fourth son was William Henry Cory who with his wife, Jane, was living Islington in 1871. William greatly appreciated the friendship of his local Wesleyan chapel’s congregation, and ordered a Measham Barge Ware tea pot to present to the chapel when he left Swaffham. Many years later, Gill Whitehead, the great granddaughter of William’s brother, Frederick Edward Cory (1842-1948), came across a book about Swaffham Wesleyan Chapel’s anniversary celebration, which mentioned that a presentation tea-pot gifted by a William Cory had been part of their history display. But it was many years and a lot of searching before the teapot was actually found just across the street in Swaffham Museum. It had been stored away in a box and quite forgotten. The teapot was in a sorry state, but Gill and her brother, David Cory, offered to pay half towards the cost of restoration, and now the Measham Barge Ware teapot is the pride and joy of Swaffham Museum. (Newsletter No 62 & 67)

The Cory teapot is 16-18 inches high and holds a half gallon of tea. It is brown in colour, with decorated coloured mouldings of flowers and bears the dedication ‘A Present to Swaffham Wesleyan  Chapel 1876.’

Great Yarmouth

Bridge Disaster Painting

Great Yarmouth Bridge MemorialThe Great Yarmouth Cory descendants of Robert Cory (1747-1840) & Esther Riches have often appeared in Cory Newsletters. This couple also had a large family of 14 children, and their eldest son, Robert Cory (1776-1840) and his wife, Ann Preston,  had the same number. Robert Cory (Snr) was Registrar of the Admiralty Court and served a term as Mayor of Great Yarmouth. He was a solicitor by profession, buying and selling property. All of his sons (except Augustus Hanrott who died an infant) went to Cambridge and did well: barrister; surgeons; architect; cleric; and Town Clerk. His tenth child, Charles Cory (1813-69), was Town Clerk of Great Yarmouth, 1851-69 and said to be the Founder of modern Great Yarmouth. (Tree Norfolk Corys: A14) Root of this tree is English Corys Table A6  Great Yarmouth

Robert Cory (Jnr) bought land beside the river for a ferry crossing and built a suspension bridge. Sadly, five years after his death the bridge collapsed on 2 May 1845 with a terrible loss of life. The crowd on the bridge rushed across the bridge to see a circus clown, in a barrel towed by geese, float under the bridge. After years of official enquiries the collapse was blamed on the later addition, of walkways for the use of passengers at the nearby rail station, weakening the design. A small blue plaque on the wall of the nearby White Swan public house used to be the only reminder of the 79 people who died in the tragedy, 59 of whom were children. In 2013 after 18 months of fund raising set up by Julie Staff of Great Yarmouth, a black granite memorial was unveiled. Measuring five feet long and 40 inches high, it lists the names of everyone who lost their lives.

Articles about descendants of this Great Yarmouth family have appeared in many issues of the Cory Newsletters and since 2017 new contacts have been made resulting in more articles. Three Cory males from this family featured in the Cory Friends Newsletter No 3, June 2019 all arose from contacts via the website.

Norfolk Pedigree Tables  (*denotes tables not in The Norfolk Corys .)

1. Bramerton (1a*) Heacham 1a
2. Downham
3.  Great Dunham
3a. Great Dunham
4.  Kettlestone    Kettlestone E Yorks
5. Cheltenham &US
Bramerton East Yorkshire
7. Aylsham (7a)
8.  Norfolk to Kent 1
9.  Norfolk to Kent 2
10. Sussex Hampshire
11. Cambridge
12.Cambridge Bury St Edmunds
13. Cambridge City
13a.Swaffham Sendall 13a (a*)  Sendall 13b  (b*) Sendall13c (c*)
14. Great Yarmouth 14 (a) *
15. Suffolk
16.Kensington    Jamaica 16a
17.Cumberland (Gt Yar)
18.Cumberland cont (Gt Yar)
19. Bramerton Surrey 19a
20.Surrey (Cont)   Great Yarmouth Ipswich 20a*
21. Lancashire
22. Epsom (Gt Yar)
23. India (Gt Yar)
24. Burlingham
25. London 25 (1540-1591)
26. Norwich Thomas Cory 1489-1534
27. Norwich William Cory 1553-1582
28. Binham Edmund Cory 1491-1559 John Cory 1496-1557
29. Burrell Corys Gresham 29*
30. Marsham:StrattonStrawless 30
31. Hainford: Hainford Hardiment: 31; 31a
32.Lingwood/Mile End /Stepney * Lingwood:Mile End 32;
33. Lingwood/ Freethorpe/Kings Lynn Lingwood: Freethorpe 33*
34. Great Yarmouth
35. Stepney Lingwood 
Robert Collett Cory (1841-1917) & Charles Cory (1855-1907)
36. Stepney Lingwood Arthur Walter Cory (1826-1926) *

There are many newsletter articles about other Cory descendants from Great Yarmouth, Great Dunham, Norwich, Lingwood to name a few- so carry on searching…..