CFHS code : HS61

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : headstone In Loving Memory of HANNAH HALL d Dec 15 1871 age 40 also WILLIAM HALL husband of above d March 19 1893 age 65 also EMMA HALL b Dec 15 1858 d Jan 19 1940 also LILLIAN PLEASANCE HALL b Sept 8 1868 d May 18 1952 footstone H H W H

Monument : Headstone/Footstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202274, 0.13799675 – click here for location

East face of Hall headstone May 2018
West face of Hall headstone May 2018



west face

In Loving Memory of HANNAH HALL who died Dec. 15, 1871, aged 40 years.

Also of  WILLIAM HALL husband of above who died March 19, 1893, aged 65 years.

east face

born Dec. 15, 1858, dies  Jan 19th 1940

born Sept 8th 1868 died May 18th 1952



Hannah Hall (née Capes) (1831 –  15 December 1871)

Hannah was born in Great Dunham, Norfolk – a village seven miles north east of Swaffham.  She was the daughter of agricultural labourer James Capes and his wife Pleasance.  Hannah  was baptised in Great Dunham on 4 December 1831, and confirmed on 12 April 1848.  She married William Hall in the same church on 5 April 1852 when she was 21 years old.

William was from Cambridge and they moved to 43 Park Street (1861) where he worked as a carpenter/joiner.  The couple had at least eight children: Anne (Annie)(1853-1947), Walter Hammond (1855-1882), Emma (1857-1940), William James (1859-1931), Tom (1862-1940), Rosa Susan (1864-1937), George Capes (1866-1947) and Lillian Pleasance (1868-1952).  By 1871 William had become a publican and was running the Hoop Tap, at 63 Park Street. Hannah died there aged 40 years old.  Notice of her death in the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal read ‘highly respected and deeply lamented, Hannah, the beloved wife of Mr. W. Hall’.

William Hall (c.1829 1893)

William was the son of William and Susannah Hall and grew up at Nine Pin Court, off Thompson’s Lane. where his father was a groom.

After he was widowed he married Mary Jane Longstaff (1852 – 1890) in 1874. William and Mary had at least nine children: Harry Edward (1875-1927), Arthur Cotton (1876-), Nellie Creeke (1878-1970), Edward Ormond (1879-1886), Charles Capes (1881-1890), Kate (1882-), Frederick (1885-) Daisy (1886-) and Ernest James (1888-).  In 1881 William was still running the Hoop Tap, but was widowed for a second time in 1890 when Mary Jane died aged 38 years old.

In 1891 he had moved to Victoria Road with his seven surviving children from his second marriage and was once again working as a carpenter. William died aged 65 years old.

The children were dispersed. Daisy was sent to The Cottage Orphan’s Home on Fitzwilliam Road (1901), Ernest was brought up on a Home for Homeless Little Boys in South Darenth, Dartford Kent.

Emma Hall (15 December 1857 – 19 January 1940) 

(The date on the grave monument is incorrect and should read 1857 not 1858)

Emma was the daughter of William and Hannah and was baptised on 14 February 1858. In 1881 she was living at 23a Bruton Street and working as a school room domestic maid for the Barclay family. She later worked as a lady’s companion but by 1939 had retired and was living with her sister Lillian at 73 Searle Street.  She died at Searle Street aged 82 years old.

Lillian Pleasance Hall (8 September 1868 – 18 May 1952)

Lillian was the youngest daughter of William and Hannah and worked as a  domestic servant in Finchley (1901/1911).  By 1930 she had returned to Cambridge living at 73 Searle Street and died there aged 83 years old.



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