CFHS code : PL114

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SARAH PRESTON HEADDEY b 28 Feb 1818 wife of THOMAS HEADLEY HEADDEY d 28 Oct 1898 also [HERVEY PARRY] HEADDEY reverse In Loving Memory of MARY GAGE 2nd daughter of the late THOMAS PARRY of Thetford d Aug 19 1886 age 72

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

West face of headstone January 2018
East side of the headstone 2018


The grave register places Thomas Headley Headdey in this grave with his wife Sarah and sister in law Mary. The name of their son Hervey Parry Headdey does not appear although in the grave register and as he died abroad he may not be buried here. As part of the inscription is no longer legible it has been amended to include Thomas’s name.


west face

In Loving Memory of SARAH PRESTON HEADDEY born 28 February 1818
wife of THOMAS HEADLEY HEADDEY died 28 Oct 1898



east face

In Loving Memory of MARY GAGE. Second daughter of the late THOMAS PARRY
of Thetford. Died Aug. 19. 1886. Aged 72.

Relationship: Husband, wife, son and wife’s sister

Sarah Preston Headdey (née Parry) (1818-1898)

Sarah was born in Thetford the daughter of Thomas Parry. In 1841 she was staying with the Preston family who lived on Hills Road, Cambridge. Ann Preston may have been her sister. Sarah married Thomas Headdey in 1845, in Thetford.

After the marriage they moved to Flintshire where Ellen Parry (1846) and Clara Maria (1850) were born. Lucy Flora (1852-1855) was baptised in King’s Lynn. They then moved to Worksop, Nottinghamshire. Lucy died here and Laura Parry (b 1856) was born (although she was baptised  on September 14th 1856, in the parish of All Saints, Cambridge) The youngest child Hervey Parry (b 1859) was born in Worksop. Thomas worked for the Inland Revenue so it is possible that his work  caused the several moves. By 1871 the family were living in Oxfordshire. After his retirement they lived in Headingham, Oxfordshire until Sarah’s death. Thomas  then moved back to Cambridge where he lived at 22 Hills Road with his two unmarried daughters Ellen and Clara and his brother William Watson Headdey.

Thomas Headly Headdey (1821 – 1908)

Thomas was the second of the six children born to William Watson Headdey and Elizabeth Chess Headdey.

His father was a butler at Clare Hall. He was baptised in the church of All Saints on October 8th 1821.

Hervey Parry Headdey (1859 – 1903) 

Hervey was the youngest child of Thomas and Sarah and was found on the 1871 census living with his family aged 11.  He became a dentist and moved to Madrid. He died as a result of a car accident on a trip to France.  His death was reported in the Cambridge Daily News where it was mentioned that he had often been consulted by the Spanish royal family and had recently been given a knighthood for civil & state services. 

Mary Gage (née Parry) (1815 – 1886)

Mary was the sister of Sarah. She married Thomas Hastings Gage in 1848. When she died at the age of 71 she was living in Hills Road, Cambridge. This was the home of Ann Preston.

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CFHS transcripts of Parish Records and Census
British Newspaper Archive – CDN Sept 25th 1903 pg

by Mary Naylor

Mary Gage; Hervey Parry Headdey; Sarah Preston Headdey; Thomas Headley Headdey