CFHS code : AL145

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of ELIZABETH widow of [late] SAMUEL BROMLEY RN d July [25] [1856] aged [69]

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203542, 0.137992 – click here for location

Bromley headstone May 2018


The parish record was used to amend the inscription


Sacred to the Memory of ELIZABETH widow of [late] SAMUEL BROMLEY RN died July [25] 1856 aged 69

Elizabeth Bromley (née Westrup) (9 June 1787 – 25 July 1856)

Elizabeth was born in Aldringham-cum-Thorpe (now Thorpeness) and baptised the following day at St. Andrew’s Church in the village.  She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (née Gorbold) Westrup and married Samuel Bromley (1776-1845) at the same church on 5 September 1808 when she was 21 years old.

Marriage record of Samuel and Elizabeth Bromley 1808

Samuel was a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and had enlisted as a sixteen year old.  He was originally from London had been stationed at Aldebugh in ‘Sea Fencibles’(a force created to defend the costal fishing fleets from enemy attack by the French).He was probably stationed at the ‘Martello Tower’ which still stands silently guarding the estuary at Slaughden,a short walk from Aldebugh.Samuel had had a colourful career in the navy fighting at sea during the French Revolutionary Wars. He was 11 years senior to his bride, and was invalided out of the Navy on half pay in May 1812.

The couple had at least two children: Elizabeth (1814-1876) and John Westrup (1818-1881). John served in the Merchant Navy and died at sea.  In 1841 Samuel and Elizabeth were living in Aldringham, and Samuel died there on 13 November 1845.   After being widowed it appears that Elizabeth joined her daughter and  moved to Cambridge. From 2 February 1846 she received a widow’s pension of £50 per annum

By 1851 Elizabeth  was living at City Road  with her daughter Elizabeth, son in law Robert Tabraham and four grandchildren.  She was head of the household and working as a publican with brewer William Brooks and his wife also living with them at City Road. When she died aged 69 years old she was living at 23 Gold Sreet.  A family bible passed down the generations records her death taking place at 11pm.



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by Claire Martinsen – many thanks to A.D.C the great great great grandson of Elizabeth for the additional family information.

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Elizabeth Bromley