CFHS code : PL465

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of LUKE TINSLEY CHERRY b December [10th] 1826 d November 28 1890 also ISABELLA CHERRY wife of the above d Dec 11th 1923 aged 84

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Cherry headstone January 2020


This headstone located in the parish of St Paul is roughly nineteen rows east of the west path and just north of the Thrush Bird-stone. The inscription is barely legible.


born December [10th] 1826 died November 28 1890

Also ISABELLA CHERRY wife of the above
died Dec 11th 1923 aged 84 years

Luke Tinsley Cherry (10 December 1826 – 28 November 1890)

Luke was born in Great Brickhill in Buckinghamshire – a village 4 miles north of Leighton Buzzard. He was the son of Luke and Sarah (née Millard) Cherry and brother of George Cherry.  In 1851 he was living at 4 Market Hill, and was an apprentice grocer to Thomas Earl. By at least 1861 he had taken over the grocers in partnership with Richard Wright and the store was re-named ‘Wright & Cherry’.  Luke married  Isabella Nichols at St. Andrew the Great Church on 30 September 1873. The couple had one daughter: May Florence (1875-1969), and lived at Bateman Street from 1875-1876.

The partnership with Richard Wright was dissolved in June 1876, and newspaper advertisements were placed announcing this and also the fact that Richard Wright would take over the running of the business on Market Hill.  Luke moved to London, and ran a grocers at 79 High Street in St. John’s Wood from 1878.  From 1882 he appears to have moved to run a stationery shop at Harrow on the Hill Station.  He returned to live in Cambridge in 1889, when he was successful in gaining a home at the Royal Albert Benevolent Homes on Hills Road.  New ‘inmates’ as they were named had to be voted in, and Luke was one of the three successful applicants to receive a place.  He died the following year at the Royal Albert Homes aged 62 years old.

Isabella Cherry (née Nichols) (19 November 1839 – 11 December 1923)

Isabella was the daughter of Land and Sarah (née Walker) Nichols and was baptised at St Andrew the Great Church on 15 December 1839.  Her father was the porter at Christ’s College Cambridge and in 1841 Isabella was living within the college.  When Land Nichols died in 1848, Sarah Nichols and her six daughters moved to live at 12 Christ’s Lane.  Sarah was working as a college butler and had two house servants also living at Christ’s Lane.  Isabella married Luke Cherry when she was 33 years old, and was widowed aged 51 years old.  She continued to live at 2 Albert Homes, and died aged 84 years old.

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Isabella Cherry; Luke Tinsley Cherry