Robert Evans sang in the Norbury Church choir while growing up. In Adam Bede, Norbourne is based on Norbury, which is where Robert Evans was born.
Mottram, Allan P. and Vernon H. Mottram. “Norbury Church.” The True Story of George Eliot: Chicago, A. C. McClurg & Co., 1906.
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