CFHS code : PL461

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : JOHN GATHERCOLE d July 20 1862 aged 55 MARY wife of the above d July 1- 1877 ROBERT PALMER [grandson] of the above d October 27 1868

Monument : Headstone (fallen and broken)

Above information amended  from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Much of the inscription has eroded. Dates have been confirmed using the parish records. Photo August 2016
Gathercole headstone August 2016


Much of the inscription on this headstone, in the parish area of St Paul, has eroded. Dates have been confirmed using the parish records.


‘John Gathercole died July 20 1862 aged 55

Mary wife of the above died  January 15 1873

Robert Palmer [grandson] of the above died October 27 1868’

John Gathercole (c 1807 – 1862)

John was born in Cambridge and married Mary Westnot at St Edwards Church Cambridge on 6 May 1827.  They had at least five children: John (1838-), William (1840-), James (1841-), Robert (1843-) and Mary (1841-1925).  They lived on Princess Street, John worked as a bricklayer and Mary as a launderess. He died aged 55 years old.

Mary Gathercole (née Westnot) (c. 1805 – 15 January 1873)

Mary was born in Hauxton, just outside Cambridge.  She married aged c.22 years old. After being widowed she went to live with her daughter Mary and son in law David Palmer in Norwich Street.  She died at 36 Norwich Street, Cambridge aged 67 years old.

Robert Palmer (1868 – 1868)

Robert was the son of David and Mary Palmer, and grandson of John and Mary Gathercole. Robert was one week old when he died at 36 Norwich Street, Cambridge.


CFHS parish record transcripts


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John Gathercole; Mary Gathercole; Robert Palmer