CFHS code : CL149

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Memory of CAROLINE wife of TIMOTHY LOKER d August 30 1880 aged 69 also the above TIMOTHY LOKER d Feb 14 1889 in his 78th year for 55 years faithful servant of St Johns College

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202612, 0.13820323 – click here for location

The headstone in March 2018.


Located south of the path that runs from the centre circle to the east path, in the parish area of St Clement.


who died August 30 1880 aged 69 years

Also the above TIMOTHY LOKER who died Feb 14 1889 in his 78th year.
For 55 years faithful servant of St Johns College.

Caroline Loker (née Novell) (1811 – 30 August 1880)

Caroline was born in Cambridge and married Timothy Loker on 23 September 1833 at St. Clement’s Church. They lived at Clement Lane and had at least four children: Frederick (1833-1906), Caroline (1836-), Arthur (1838-1916) and Henry (1840-1856). She died at 4 Clement Place aged 69 years old.

Timothy Loker (c.1811 – 14 February 1889)

Timothy was born in Cherry Hinton and worked at St. John’s College.  He was a poet in his spare time and in 1861 published a book of ‘Poems and Ballads’, which was reviewed in the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal. ‘Mr Loker, the author of this little volume of poems is in the humble position of a college servant in Cambridge. He tells us in a modest preface that he is a self-taught working man and that before he was ten years old he was set to work to assist in bringing up a large family. Happily he has a cheerful and contented spirit and he had the good sense to make the best of his position, and endevour to improve his mind’.  Through his book Timothy hoped to inspire other working class families to ‘work on, and despair not, that by industry and perseverance they are covercome, although at first they might appear almost insurmountable.  I do not mean that they may all become authors, but that they may not only instruct themselves in the art of reading and writing, but may also acquire considerable useful and practical knowledge, which will serve to raise them in the estimation of their employers and fellow-workmen, and, consequently must have its weight upon society generally’.  The Cambridge Chronicle and Journal rather uncharitably reviewed the book by writing ‘we are not going to aver that the poetry in this volume is first-rate, but it is undoubtedly very creditable to the writer, who has not gone unrewarded.  Many of the pieces appeared in the Family Herald, the late proprietor of which not only paid for them substantially at the time, but left Mr. Loker a legacy of £100 at his death’.

In 1881 Timothy was living at Clement Place with his granddaughter Alice before moving to 37 Grafton Street. He died at Grafton Street aged 77 years old.

One of Timothy Loker’s poems



Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Caroline Loker; Timothy Loker