CFHS code : PL285    Grave Register Row 22 plot 34

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOHN LOOMES ROSE LOOMES EMMA LOOMES

Monument : Kerbstones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The kerbstones in February 2020.

Monument Roughly 17 rows from the central path and 13 rows from the south path.


In Loving Memory of




John Loomes  (1 September 1842 – 18 January 1920)

John was born in Ampthill, Bedfordshire and was the son of John and Mary Loomes.  He was baptised in Ampthill on 9 October 1842 and grew up on Hog Hill where his father was an agricultural labourer. By 1861 he was living in Cambridge with his Uncle George Robinson and working as a shoemaker.  He married Emma Wilderspin in 1864 and the couple had seven children: Elizabeth Eleanor (1865-1920), Edith Rose (1867-1915), Percy John (1869-1935), Albert Maurice (1871-1928), Agnes Mary (1873-1941), Rosamund Emma (1874-1907), John William (1878-1919) – however they also raised Emma’s youngest brother Henry (1859-) as their own.  John worked as a railway engine painter, and Emma worked as a dressmaker.  They lived at Sturton Street (1871), 78 Kingston Street (1881), 3 Norwich Street (1891) and 9 Glisson Road (1898-). 

By 1911 John had retired and the couple moved to live at 2 Stuart Terrace, Church Street, New Hunstanton.  Emma’s sister Martha was also running a lodging house in Hunstanton at the time.  He died in 1920 at his home at  2 Chestnut Terrace Snettisham.


Rosamond Emma (Rose) Loomes  (1874 – 1907)

Rose was John and Emma’s youngest daughter, and in 1901 was living in Hackney and working as a draper’s assistant.   She died at the National Hospital,  Queens Square, London aged 22 years old.

Emma Loomes (née Wilderspin) (c.1842 – 1925) 

Emma was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Wilderspin and her father worked as a bricklayer.  She grew up at St. Peter’s Street (1851) and then at 4 Castle Street after her father died in 1860.  From the age of at least 19 onwards Emma worked as a dressmaker.  After she was widowed she returned to live at 24 Devonshire Road with her sister Rosamond Sophia Wilderspin and died there aged 85 years old.


CFHS parish burial records


Newspaper archives


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