CFHS code : MG8

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Memory of BENJAMIN RICHARD BACON b July 3 1797 d Jan 11 1865 In Memory of THOMAS BONNETT BACON son of Wm & FRANCES BACON — late of County of Norfolk d Jan 31 1852 aged 60 also of their son ROBINS EDWARD BACON d Aug 27 1827 aged 27 WILLIAM BACON b 12 Aug 1795 d 27 Jul 1868 also of MARIAN wife of the above d 28 April 1845 aged [35]

Monument : Short Column

Above information from amended from  Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202278, 0.13730909 – click here for location

Bacon grave - west face
Bacon column – west face
Bacon grave - north face
Bacon column – north face


This small column that nestles under a large yew tree in the parish area of Mary the Great, stands 1 row to the east of the central path. Sadly the north face has broken. All the inscriptions are difficult to read. According to the grave register this monument marks 3 grave plots.


west face
In Memory of THOMAS BONNETT BACON son of Wm & FRANCES BACON — late of County of Norfolk died January 31 1852 aged 60 years
Also of their son ROBINS EDWARD BACON died Aug 27 1827 aged 27 years

north face
In Memory of BENJAMIN RICHARD BACON born July 3 1797 died Jan 11 1865

south face (hidden from view)
WILLIAM BACON born 12 Aug 1795 died 27 Jul 1868
Also of MARIAN wife of the above d 28 April 1845 aged 35

Relationship: Four brothers, and sister-in-law

Captain Thomas Bonnett Bacon (14 November 1791  –  31 January 1852)

Thomas was the eldest child of William and Frances Bacon and was  also baptised in Trimingham on 13 January 1805. He was a  sea captain ‘for many years a captain in the employ of the late Thomas Ward Esq, shipowner, London’ and died on a visit to his brothers William, Benjamin and James ‘after a short illness’.

Robins Edward Bacon (9 March 1801 – 27 August 1827)

Robins was also born in Trimingham and baptised  on 13 January 1805. He died in August 1827 and there is some ambiguity around the dates.  He was buried in  Trimingham on 25 August according to the register of burials, which is at odds with the date on the grave monument in Cambridge.  His age was given as 27 years, which is at odds with the date of birth on his baptism record.

Benjamin Richard Bacon (3 July 1797 – 11 January 1865)

Benjamin was the son of William and Frances (née Nurse) and was born in Trimingham, on the North Norfolk coast. He was baptised there on 13 July 1805, when William and Frances seem to have baptised most of their children in the same time. He was a tabacconist and had moved to Market Hill, Cambridgeby  c.1835.  He also worked as a wine/spirit merchant and lived at 6 Rose Crescent (1851).  In 1861 he was lodging at 11 Emmanuel Road, Cambridge  and in April 1863 dissolved both his businesses – the wine business he ran with William Press, and the tabacconist business he ran with brother James.  He appears to have retired to live in Wells next the Sea with  his sister Mary Ann Bacon where he died in January 1865. Benjamin was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 17 January 1865

William Bacon (12 August 1795 – 27 July 1868)

William was baptised in Trimingham on 16 August 1795. He married Mary Ann and they had at least seven children: Lt Col. Thomas (1825-1905), George Harwood (1830-1870), Frederick Robins (1831-1899), Sophia Harriett (1839-1894), Marian Rutledge (1841-1909), William Sinclair (1843-) and Frances Catherine (1845-1845).

William was a tabacconist and worked with his brothers James and Benjamin. He  sat on the Cambridge Board of Guardians and was also a keen amateur horticulturalist. He was widowed in 1845 and lived at 40 Hills Road (1851) and then Gonville Place, Parker’s Piece (1861).  He died at Gonville Place in July 1868.

Mary Ann  Bacon (1810 – 28 April  1845)

Mary Ann (no records use the name Marian) was born in Cambridge. She died at Benet Street aged 35 years odl, and is thought to have died as a result of complications of childbirth as her youngest child Frances Catherine Bacon died  on 3 June 1845 aged 10 weeks old. Mary was buried on 5 May 1845 so would not have been buried here but in the churchyard that surrounds Great St Mary’s Church.

William and Mary Ann’s grandson William Erskine Rowe (son of Sophia Harriett) is also buried at Mill Road Cemetery.



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Benjamin Richard Bacon; Marian Bacon; Robin Edward Bacon; Thomas Bonnett Bacon; William Bacon