CFHS code : PL162

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Affectionate Remembrance of ANNE the beloved wife of MORRIS DUNCOMBE d Sept 9 1890 age 64 also of the above MORRIS DUNCOMBE d Feb 23 1893 in his 70th year

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

This headstone is in a good state of repair. Photo spring 2016
Duncombe headstone December 2015


This headstone is showing some signs of erosion at the top. It is located to the west of the central path, in the parish area of St Paul.


‘In Affectionate Remembrance of ANNE the beloved wife of Morris Duncombe
Who died September 9th 1890 aged 64 years.’

“O my father if it be possible let this cup pass from me;
Nevertheless not as I will but as thou wilt.” St Matt 26.39

‘Also of the above MORRIS DUNCOMBE who died Feb 23rd 1893 in his 70th year.’

“Until the day break and the shadows flee away”

Anne Duncombe (née Royce) (1825 – 9 September 1890)

Anne was born in Exton, Rutland and baptised there on 28 September 1825.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Susanna Royce and married Morris Dunscombe on 26 November 1846 in Exton.  The couple had at least five children: Joseph (1849-1923), Ellen (1851-1917), Henry Royce (1854-1904), Edwin Morris (1861-1923) and Herbert (1869-1941).  Morris was a stonemason and although the couple initially remained in Exton (1851) by 1861 they were living in Oakham where Morris was running a pub alongside his stonemasonry business.

By at least 1869 the family were living at Gwydir Street in Cambridge.  In 1881 they were at 79 Gwydir Street, where Morris was a stonemason employing 9 men in his business. Anne died at Gwydir Street aged 64 years old.

Morris Duncombe (1823 – 23 February 1893)

Morris was also born in Exton and baptised there on 18 October 1823. He was the son of Charles and Catherine and married Anne Royce when he was 23 years old.

After he was widowed he went to live at 155 Gwydir Street  and in 1891 was living with domestic servant Clara Handscombe. Morris was ‘seized with a fit of apoplexy and died the same evening’ at 30 Mill Road and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 28 February.

The Cambridge Independent Press printed a short obituary which reported ‘one of the best known men in Sturton Town has just been removed from our midst…the deceased was one of the first to build and to take up residence in that part of the borough which is now known as the populous district of Sturton Town. He was a very genial man and many – both young and old – have pleasant memories concerning him.  For some time he filled the office of churchwarden of St. Matthew’s and has ever been  an earnest and consistent Liberal’.

In May 1893 Morris’ property portfolio was auctioned.  It comprised of: 75 to 83 Gwydir Street (each with six rooms and a large garden at the back), 17 Ainsworth Street and two plots of building ground in Romsey Town.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Anne Duncombe; Morris Duncombe