CFHS code : MG138

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELIZA BROCKETT d 3 Feb 1907 also CLARA her devoted daughter d 11 Dec 1937 also KATHARINE LANCASTER devoted friend of CLARE BROCKETT d 18 May 1942

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202189, 0.13822682 – click here for location

Brockett and Lancaster grave
Brockett and Lancaster grave before restoration
The bracket grave after restoration.
Brockett and Lancaster monument after restoration.


This headstone with kerb stones is located to the west of the east path, in the parish area of St Mary the Great. It monument was restored in December 2016 because it is  a good example of an art Deco headstone.


‘In Loving Memory of Eliza Brockett Feb 3rd 1907

And of Clara, her devoted daughter
Dec 11th 1937’

“love never faileth”

‘Also Katherine Lancaster devoted friend of Clare Brockett, May 18 1942’

“The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God”

Eliza Brockett (nee Hayward) (1835- 1907)

Eliza was born in Chatteris and married Alfred Brockett at St Paul’s Church on 28th October 1955. They had five children;  Alfred (1856-1915), Harry (1858-1859), Daniel (1859-1942), Walter (1862-1928) and Clara [see below].
In 1861 the family were living at 1 Hobbs Passage, and Alfred was working as a fly driver (carriage driver). Alfred died in early 1863 leaving Eliza a widow. She moved to 6 Vicars Buildings, St Tibbs Row and was working as a launderess in 1871. Daughter Clara appears to have been born at least two years after Alfred’s death.

She lived with Alfred Jnr, Walter and Clara at 35 Thompsons Lane (1881), and then 22 Kings Parade (1891). In 1901 just she and Clara were at 22 Kings Parade, and Eliza was working as a caretaker. She died in 1907 aged 76 years old.

Clara Brockett (1865 – 1937)

Clara was Eliza’s daughter and was born in Cambridge. She grew up at Thompson’s Lane and 22 Kings Parade. She worked as a corset maker. After her mother died when Clara was 42 years old she moved to 5 Jesus Terrace and was a lodging house keeper. Around 1918 she moved to 13 New Square. She died at the Devonshire Nursing Home on Tenison Road aged 62 years old leaving effects valued at £751, 18s and 2d.

Katharine Lancaster (1884 – 1942)

Katherine was born in St Leonard’s on Sea in Sussex on 20 May 1884. Her parents were Henry and Hannah Lancaster, and Henry Lancaster worked as an upholsterer.

By 1911 she had moved to Cambridge and was living at 5 Jesus Terrace with Clara Brockett. She is described as a boarder and working as a short hand typist. She then appears to have moved to 13 New Square, with Clara. After Clara’s death she remained at 13 New Square and in 1939 was living there with her sister Maria. The census records describe her as a University Lodging house keeper and retired secretary and book-keeper. She died aged 57 years on 18 May 1942 at Homestead, Green End Park Road.

Source :


by Claire Martinsen

Clara Brockett; Eliza Brockett; Katharine Lancaster