CFHS code : BE104

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Loving Memory of HARRIETT BONNETT d March 26 1909 age 67 also In Loving Memory JOHN BONNETT d Nov 19 1910 age 60 HANNAH BONNETT d Dec 28 1916 in her 90th year

Monument : Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Bonnett monument 2017


On the east side of the west path under a large pine tree.


In Loving Memory of HARRIETT BONNETT
who died March 26 1909 age 67 years

Also In Loving Memory JOHN BONNETT
d Nov 19 1910 age 60

HANNAH BONNETT d Dec 28 1916 in her 90th year

Relationship: Mother, son and step daughter

Harriett Bonnett (6 August 1841 – 26 March 1909)

Harriett was the daughter of John Bonnett and his first wife Elizabeth Wilbrow. Harriett was born in Cambridge and baptised at St Benet’s Church on 9th August 1841.  Her mother died when she was 8 years old and her father remarried to Hannah Meyer.

She never married and lived with her father and step-mother at the family farm in Barton and later with her step-mother, step brother and step uncle in Orwell.  She moved to 4 Downing Grove, 52 Lensfield Road, Cambridge sometime in the early 1900s and died there in 1909 aged 67 years old.  She left effects valued at £3,205 13s 7d.

Hannah Bonnett (nee Meyer) (c1828 – 28 December 1916)

Hannah was the second wife of John Bonnett and step mother to Harriett Bonnett.  She was born in Barrington and was the daughter of James and Hannah Meyer.  She married the widower John Bonnett in Barrington on 5th February 1850.  They initially lived in Cambridge, where John was a woollen draper on Market Hill.  They then moved out to Gravel Pits, Barton where John was a farmer of 150 acres, employing six men and four boys (1871).  John died in 1871 when Hannah was 47 years old.

Hannah then went to live with her brother Philip Meyer at Orwell (1881/1891/1901) where he ran the Orwell Brewery. She was living with her step daughter Harriett and son John.  By the 1900s she had moved to 4 Downing Terrace, 52 Lensfield Road, Both Harriett and John died before her and by 1911 she was living alone with two servants.  She died aged 90 years old, leaving effects of £30,142 4s.

The report in the Cambridge Daily News of January 1917 read ‘the funeral of the late Mrs Hannah Bonnett of 52 Lensfield Road took place at Mill Road cemetery of Tuesday afternoon. A service was previously held in St Bene’t’s Church [of which she was a member] and was attended by representatives of Addenbrooke’s Hospital and members of the Police Force, for both of which she did much during her lifetime. The coffin was borne into the church on the shoulders of six of the oldest members of the Police Force.  An impressive service was held, conducted by the Rev R.W. Whiston, rector of Orwell and the Rev W Greenwood, vicar of St Bene’t’s.’

John Bonnett (1 November 1850 – 19 November 1910)

John was the only child of John and Hannah Bonnett. He went to school at Norwich Grammar and then to St John’s College Cambridge in February 1869.  He obtained his BA in 1873 and MA in 1878.  He became a solicitor and practised in Cambridge.  He was clerk to the Cambridge Borough Justices (1888-1910]) and also secretary and legal advisor to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

He did not marry and  died at 65 Regent Street aged 60 years old. He left effects valued at £18,415 19s 7d.   His mother gave an endowment of £13,000 to Addenbrookes Hospital to found the John Bonnett Pathological Laboratory in his name.  The laboratory still exists on the current Addenbrookes site.

The Cambridge Daily News of January 1917 also reported ‘The General Committee of Addenbrooke’s hospital have heard with great regret of the death of Mrs Bonnett……Mrs Bonnett was a very generous benefactor of the Hospital…This benefaction is a most valuable addition to the Hospital, facilitating as it does the scientific diagnosis and treatment of disease. The Committee desire to place on record their sense of value to science and medicine of Mrs Bonnett’s magnificent gift’



by Claire Martinsen

Hannah Bonnett; Harriett Bonnett; John Bonnett