CFHS code : ML29

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : side 1 In Memory of JAMES HUNT solicitor Brookfield Newnham Cambridge d 25 June 1877 in the 69th year of his age side 2 In Memory of CHARLOTTE beloved wife of JAMES HUNT d 6 Sept 1868 aged 40

Monument : 6ft High Square Carved

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202835, 0.13783341 – click here for location

Hunt monument 2015


This elaborately carved column is located to the south east of the centre circle in the parish of St Mary the Less. The inscription for Charlotte is very clear but the one for James has been badly eroded and very little is now legible. Some damage has occurred to the decoration.


East face

The east face

In Memory of CHARLOTTE beloved wife of JAMES HUNT
Who died 6th September 1868 aged 40 Years

South face
In Memory of JAMES HUNT solicitor of Brookfield Newnham Cambridge died 25 June 1877 in the 69th year of his age 

James Hunt (c.1809 – 25 June 1877)

James was born in Cambridge and was a solicitor and attorney. He married Hannah (1810-) and in 1841 the couple were living on Bridge Street .  Hannah died, although the record of her death has not yet been found.

James married for a second time to Charlotte Pochin in Brussels on 24 September 1846.  The marriage was conducted by Rev. William Drury M.A, in the house of Thomas Waller Esq, Her Majesty’s Charge D’Affaires in Belgium.  The couple returned to  live in Cambridge and in 1851 were living at Brookfield, 22 Newnham with Charlotte’s father and step mother and four servants.  The couple were still at Brookfield in 1851 with nephew William  Hunt and three servants. James was widowed for a second time in 1868.

On 14 June 1877 James took notices out in local newspapers to say that he considered ‘it necessary to notify that William Henry Hunt is not in his employ, nor has been for some time past. W.H.H has no authority to transact business or receive money on account of James Hunt’

He died at home aged 69 years old and the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal published a short obituary ‘Mr Hunt had in turn served the office of Town Councillor, Improvement Commissioner and Guardian. At one time he was the Registration Agent of the Liberal party in Cambridge; but whether it was owing to the generous treatment he received from his Liberal friends or from any other more weighty cause, of late years he preferred to give his support to the Conservatives’.

Charlotte Hunt (1826 –   6 September 1868)

Charlotte was born in Wellingborough and baptised at All Saint’s Church on 25 May 1826. She was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (née Dawson) Pochin. Her mother died when she was c.5 years old and she grew up with her father and step mother Frances.  It is believed she was 42 years when she died although the grave monument reads 40 years.



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Charlotte Hunt; James Hunt