CFHS code : PL66

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : TTSMO ELEANOR wife of JOHN HOPKINS d 28 Jan 1862 aged 57 also JOHN HOPKINS 10 Aug 1869 aged 65

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Hopkins headstone February 2017


The headstone, located to the south of the south path, roughly half way between the lodge and the central path in the parish area of St Paul, is stable and most of the inscription still legible.


Sacred To The Memory of  ELEANOR
wife of JOHN HOPKINS who died January 28. 1862.
Aged 57 years.

Also of the above JOHN HOPKINS  who died August 10. 1869.
Aged 65 years

Eleanor (Ellen) Hopkins (née Bassett) (1804 – 28 January 1862)

Ellen was born in Deptford, Kent and was baptised at St. Nicholas’ Church in Deptford on 15 July 1804. She was the daughter of  cheesemonger John Bassett and his wife Mary (née Hopkins). Ellen married John Hopkins at St. Alphage Church, Greenwich on 28 April 1828.  John worked as a journeyman oil and colour painter and the family lived at James Street (1841), 5 Elm Street (1851) and then at Providence Cottage, 8 Bentinck Street (at least 1861 onwards).  They had at least two children: Mary Elizabeth (1839-) and Eleanor (1842-1917).

Ellen died at Providence Cottage aged 57 years old.  John’s sister Mary had died the previous week (19 January 1862) whilst visiting from Oswestry.

John Hopkins (c.1804 – 10 August  1869)

John was born in Oswestry, Shropshire and married Ellen Basset when he was c.24 years old. After he was widowed he married for a second time to Sarah Elizabeth Clarke (1819-1903) on 26 December 1864 at Holy Trinity Church, Clapham.  They lived together at Providence Cottage, but John died in Wymondham, Norfolk aged 65 years old.  Sarah had been born and raised in Wymondham, so it is thought he died whilst visiting relatives there.

Sarah Hopkins continued to live at Providence Cottage until her death in April 1903.



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by Claire Martinsen

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