CFHS code : AG205

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ANNE GWATKIN (nee GRAVES) born in the City of London Sep 24 1835 died in Cambridge Jan 17 1905 also In Loving Memory of the Revd THOMAS GWATKIN MA her husband born at Barrow-on-Soar Jul 31 1839 died at Cambridge Oct 15 1918

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202968, 0.13642023 – click here for location

Gwatkin grave
Gwatkin inscription



Anne Gwatkin (née Graves)(24 April 1835 – 17 January 1905)

Anne was born at 40 Gutter Lane, London and baptised on 29 October 1835 at St Vedast Church, Foster Lane. She was the daughter of merchant Henry Graves and his wife Anne.  She married Rev. Thomas Gwatkins on 13 April 1867 at St. Mary the Virgin, Great Illford, Essex and they had five children: Thomas Ross (1870-1930), Ellyn Margaret (1872-1949), Katherine Mary (1874-1962), Rev. Francis Ley (1876-1946) and Edward Arthur (1878-1966). Their youngest son Edward  later changed his surname in 1900 to Gwatkins-Graves in order to inherit an estate from his maternal uncle.

Thomas Gwatkins was a Cambridge graduate and teacher.  He taught at Dulwich College (1865-1869) and was then second master at Lancing School from 1869 to 1872.  He had a ‘breakdown in health’ and the family returned to live at 74 Regent Street, Cambridge (1881) and then 3 St. Paul’s Road (at least 1891 onwards).  Anne died at home aged 69 years old.

Rev. Thomas Gwatkin (31 July 1839 – 15 October 1918)

Thomas was the son of Rev. Richard and Ann Gwatkin and was born in Barrow-upon-Soar in Leicestershire where his father was the parish vicar.  He went to Shrewsbury School and then to St. John’s College Cambridge.  He was awarded his B.A. in 1862 (1st Class 10th Classics Tripos), made a Fellow in 1864, and awarded an M.A. in 1864.  He worked as assistant Master at Bromsgrove School from 1862 to 1863, and then assistant Master at City of London School from 1863-1865.  He was ordained as a priest in 1866 and married  Anne Graves in 1867.

On census returns he was described as a private tutor, examiner and occasional preacher.  His obituary in the Cambridge Daily News said that ‘he undertook a certain amount of examination work for the Local Examinations Syndicate and occasionally acted as moderator at the various centres’. He wrote and edited classical books including: First Philippic of Demosthenes and Aeschines in Ctesiphontem. Thomas was an invalid for the last eight or nine years of his life and from at least 1911 onwards had been attended by a sick nurse. He died at St. Paul’s Road aged 79 years old.

Unusually his body was taken to Golder’s Green for cremation before being returned to Cambridge and interred at Mill Road Cemetery.  The ashes were brought back in a casket and placed in ‘a polished oak coffin with solid brass fittings’.  He left an estate valued at £40,883 19s 11d (c.£1.7m at 2019 values).


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