CFHS code : AG245

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : side 1: In Memory of JONAS LENTON / d Oct 10 1838 aged 65 / and was interred at St Giles, Camb / also FRANCES his wife whose remnants / are deposited beneath this tomb / d March 6 1852 aged 81 / GEORGE SUSSUM LENTON / son of RICHARD DAY and MARY LENTON / d Dec 14 1844 aged 11 / and was buried at St Andrew’s, Camb side 2: RICHARD DAY LENTON / d 9 Sep 1870 / aged 66 / MARY LENTON wife of the above b Dec 18 1797 / d Dec 7 1886 side 3: also To the Memory of / ANN LENTON daughter of FRANCES & JONAS LENTON d Jan 29 1861 / in her 61st year / CHARLOTTE MARY LENTON / b March 22 1843 / d Sep 15 1935

Monument : Chest tomb with panelled sides

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202818, 0.13626668 – click here for location

Lenton grave
Lenton inscription



Jonas Lenton (c.1773 – 10 October 1838)

Jonas was the son of John and Alice Lenton and was baptised at Fen Stanton on 8 January 1775.  He married Frances Criswell at All Saint’s Church, Conington on 27 September 1795.  The couple had at least three children:  Mary Day (1796-1869), Ann (1799-1861) and Richard Day (1804-1870).  The children were born in Conington, but at some point the family moved to Cambridge and Jonas died aged 65 years old.


Frances Lenton (née Criswell) (19 April 1772 – 6 March 1852)

Frances was born in Fen Drayton and was the daughter of John and Ann Criswell.  She died in Cambridge aged 81 years old.


Ann Lenton (1799 – 29 January 1861)

Ann was the daughter of Jonas and Frances and was baptised in Connington on 12 May 1799.  Little is known of Ann’s life, but she  appears to have lived in Clapham for some of her life.  She did not marry and died in Cambridge. She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 2 February 1861.


Richard Day Lenton (c.1804 – 9 September 1870)

Richard was the only son of Jonas and Frances Lenton.  He married Mary Sussum at Holy Sepulchre on 19 January 1832.  According to the newspapers he was a coalman when they married, but by at least 1841 was working as a college cook at Christ’s College.  The couple lived at 11 Christ’s Lane and had at least four children: George Sussum (1833-1844), Frances (1837-1923), Ann (1839-) and Charlotte Mary (1843-1935). Richard also leased a house at 59 Park Street, which he held from at least 1851 for an annual rent of £3, 5s and 6d.

Richard was a keen horticulturalist and won many prizes which were recorded in newsapers.  In June 1969 the Cambridge  Florist’s Society held their Open Show and Richard was awarded third prize for his ferns, and his ‘Charles le Febre’ rose was awarded premier rose of the show.  When butcher John Emmerson went in to bankruptcy in 1860, Richard was a major creditor and was owed £55. He died in 1870 aged  66 years old, leaving an estate valued at £12,000 (c.£1m at 2019 values).


George Sussum Lenton (c.1833 – 14 December 1844)

George was the eldest son of Richard and Mary Lenton and was baptised at All Saint’s Church on 26 January 1834.  He died at Christ’s Lane aged 11 years old.


Mary Lenton (née Sussum) (18 December 1797 – 7 December 1886)

Mary was born in Cambridge and married Richard Lenton when she was 34 years old.  After being widowed she lived with her daughter Charlotte at 11 Christ’s Lane (1871) before moving to 14 Fitzwilliam Street (from at least 1881 onwards).  She died at Fitzwilliam Street aged 88 years old.


Charlotte Mary Lenton (22 March 1843 – 21 April 1935)

Charlotte was the daughter of Richard and Mary Lenton and was baptised at St Andrew the Great on 21 April 1842. She never married and all census returns show that she lived under her own means. She lived with her mother until her death and continued to live at 14 Fitzwilliam Street until at least 1925.  In 1927 Charlottewas living at 56 Laundress Lane and from at least 1930 onwards at 56 Lensfield Road. She died at home aged 92, leaving an estate valued at £36,130 (c.£2.6m at 2019 values) 



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