CFHS code : AS112

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Loving Memory of CLARA wife of THOMAS DUNNING d 19 May 1875 aged 55 also THOMAS DUNNING d 5 Apr 1886 aged 67 also MARIA ELIZA DUNNING second wife of THOMAS DUNNING d 17 Sep 1891 aged 62

Monument : Headstone/Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203565, 0.1367708 – click here for location

This monument is in an area of the cemetery that is hard to access.
Dunning cross
Dunning inscription


This monument is in an area of the cemetery that is difficult to access.


west face of headstone

In Loving Memory of Clara wife of Thomas Dunning
who died May 19 1875 aged 55 years.
“Thy will be done”

Presumed – on the coped stone

Also Thomas Dunning died 5 Apr 1886 aged 67 years

Also Maria Eliza Dunning second wife of Thomas Dunning died 17 Sep 1891 aged 62 years.

Clara Dunning (née Cheale)  (1820 – 19 April  1875)

Clara was born in Newmarket and was baptised at St. Mary’s Church on24 March 1820. She was the daughter of  William and Mary Ann and married Thomas Dunning on 15 February 1840 in Newmarket.  Thomas was a chemist/druggist and  ran his business on the High Street in Newmarket.  By 1871 he had retired and the couple moved to live at 8 Fitzroy Street, Cambridge and Clara died in Cambridge aged 55 years old.

Thomas Dunning (1819 – 5 April 1886)

Thomas was born in Vauxhall, London and married Clara when he was 21 years old. After he was widowed he married for a second time to widow Maria Callow on 23 May 1878 at St. Mary the Virgin Church in Great Dunmow, Essex.  The couple went to live at 15 Chesterton Road and Thomas died there aged 67 years old.

Maria Elizabeth Dunning (née Pultrell) (c.1829 – 17 September 1891)

Maria was a widow when she married Thomas Dunning in May 1878.  The marriage certificate noted her father was Joseph Pultrell, which must also have been her maiden name. Possibly it was mis-spelt as there are no records for either Joseph or Maria.  After she was widowed for a second time she lived at 211 Chesterton Road (1891) and died at home aged 62 years.

In January 1892 Thomas Dunning’s shares in the Victoria Newmarket Gas Light and Coke Company Ltd was sold at auction. He had £250 of gas stock, which had yielded a dividend of £11 the previous year. The houses he owned at 5 and 6 Willow Walk were also auctioned.



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Clara Dunning; Maria Eliza Dunning; Thomas Dunning