CFHS code : BE11

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Memory of CHARLES ASBY Late Alderman of the Borough of Cambridge d July 17 1860 aged 70 also ELIZABETH ASBY d June 3 1863 aged 64 also CHARLOTTE ASBY d January 14 1869 aged 73 also JANE widow of WM SPOONER and sister of the above d February 19 1873 aged 73 footstone CA 1860 EA 1865 CA 1869

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Footstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Asby and Spooner headstone 2017


On the first row west of the central path.


In Memory of CHARLES ASBY Late Alderman of the Borough of Cambridge died July 17 1860 aged 70 

“He was an affectionate Brother and a kind friend”
“His end was peace”

ELIZABETH ASBY died June 3 1863 aged 64 

CHARLOTTE ASBY died January 14 1869 aged 73 

Also JANE widow of W M SPOONER and sister of the above died February 19 1873 aged 73 

footstone CA 1860 EA 1863 CA 1869

Relationship: Siblings

Charles Asby (1790 – 17 July  1860)

Charles was the eldest child and only son of William and James Asby.  He was born in Cambridge, and was a builder/brickmaker and lime burner as well as a city alderman.  He appears to have owned property around the city, and lived on Trumpington Street certainly from 1835 onwards.  He lived with his sisters and doesn’t appear to have married. He died leaving effects valued under £7,000.

Elizabeth Asby (1799 – 3 June 1863)

Elizabeth was the third child of William and Jane Asby.   She lived with her siblings at Trumpington Street, and after Charles death they are recorded as living at Benet Place.  The occupation of the sisters is marked as ‘proprietor of houses’.  Elizabeth died in 1863 aged 64 years old.

Charlotte Asby (1796 – 14 January 1869)

Charlotte was the second child of William and Jane Asby.  She lived with her siblings, and died aged 72 years old in 1869.

Jane A Spooner (nee Asby) (1800 – 19 February 1873)

Jane was baptised on 20th April 1800. She was the only Asby child to marry – marrying William Spooner at St Benet’s church on 21st October 1828. In the 1841 census she is recorded as living alone, by 1851 she was a widow and back living with Charles, Elizabeth and Charlotte at 1 Trumpington Street. When her sisters died, she appears to have left Benet Place and moved back to 1 Trumpington Street, where she died in 1873 aged c72 years old. She left effects valued under £7,000.



by Claire Martinsen

Charles Asby; Charlotte Asby; Elizabeth Asby; Jane Spooner