A teaching pioneer will be remembered during an open day at Lynn’s Hardwick Road Cemetery next Saturday.

The annual event, organised by the Friends, gives visitors the chance to learn more about the graveyard, which started as an extension of the burial ground at All Saints’ Church in 1849.

Among the 24,000 graves of Lynn Victorian folk is that of Florence Allarde, a teacher who worked and died in the town.

Born in rural Suffolk in 1857, Florence was brought up from the age of nine by her deaf and mute father, an aunt and her grandma.

After leaving home to become a teacher, she lived with a diverse mix of people at a boarding house in Coronation Square, Lynn.

Florence worked with just two other teachers at All Saints National School in Everard Street, which was attended by 180 boys, 150 girls and a further 170 infants.

The teacher later became headmistress at the school and by 34 she was living in her own house in Windsor with her aunt.

She ended her days at South Everard Street and died in 1916 at the age of 59.

Florence had served the school for 38 years and in recognition of this, a window was dedicated to her at All Saints Church.

It was paid for by her many friends and her grave reads: “She lived respected and died lamented.”

Florence’s gravestone will be straightened by the Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery next week and there will also be a talk about her life and career.

Secretary Steph Hall, herself a retired teacher, said Florence was a remarkable woman who had inspired love and respect while pursuing a successful career and living independently.

Next week’s open day on July 13 runs from 10am to 3pm and will be attended by deputy West Norfolk mayor Barry Ayres and a representative of the NUT (National Union of Teachers).

“We have just heard that the family of Florence Allarde are travelling from Christchurch in Dorset,” Mrs Hall added.

“We are very excited and pleased about this.”

The Friends will be on hand with advice and information for people trying to find their relatives’ graves.

There will be refreshments, stalls and a local history exhibition on the day.

In May the Friends received a £98,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and
more volunteers are needed.