CFHS code: PL574

Parish: St Paul

Inscription : BENJAMIN L MASON; WILLIAM MASON d April [24] [1865]

Monument : Altar tomb

Above information amended from the Cambridge Family History Society Survey using the grave register.

Lat Lon : 52.202498, 0.13606108 – click here for location

This monument was restored in December 2016.
After restoration
Although the top is broken all the pieces are still there.
Before restoration


This altar tomb, in the parish area of St Paul, is located against the west wall.  This monument was restored in December 2016. Very little remains of the inscription but the position of the grave is confirmed by the grave register. Although we cannot read an inscription for Benjamin we know he is buried here, as his name is in the gravel register, which was kept by the sexton of St Paul’s Church.
Although only two rows west of the west path it is often covered in bramble. The listed monument of James Rattee is two monuments to the right.



Mason inscription

Benjamin L. Mason (1858 – 1859)

The son of William and Sarah of Coronation Street, Cambridge, Benjamin was baptised on February 13th 1859 and buried on February 21st 1859 aged 9 months. His birth was registered in the the second quarter of 1858.

William Mason (d 1865)

William was born in Landbeach, Cambridgeshire. He lived with his wife Sarah at The Crown and Compass in Coronation Street / 1 George 1V Street, Cambridge  where he was the publican and brewer. They had at least six children: Sarah (b 1847), Margaret (b 1849), Mary Ann (b 1852), William George (b 1853), Frederick (b 1855), Benjamin (b 1858).

He was living in Coronation Street when he died at the age of 78 after a ‘short but painful illness’. Sarah continued to live there after his death.

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There is a small plinth directly in front of this monument. It is the grave of Sarah, her baby son and Hannah her sister who were both married to William’s son, William George Mason.


CFHS parish and census transcripts
Burial register for St Paul’s Cambridgeshire Archives P23A/1/32
Family Search
British Newspaper Archive – Cambridge Independent Press Saturday 29th April 1865

by Mary Naylor

Benjamin L. Mason; William Mason