CFHS code : ED43

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : THOMAS MOUNTAIN 18[4]8 – [1933] KATE MOUNTAIN 1863 – 1944

Monument : Cruciform Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20314, 0.13737973 – click here for location

Mountain monument 2017


This cruciform coped stone, in the parish area of St Edward, is located seven rows west of the central path 30 yards north of the centre circle. It is the fourth of four Mountain monuments adjacent to one another.


Thomas Mountain, 1848 ‒ 1933. R.I.P.

Kate Mountain, 1863 ‒ 1944. Re-united.

Relationship: Kate Mountain was the second wife of Thomas Mountain.

Thomas Mountain (1848‒1933)

Thomas Mountain was born in Cambridge on 15 August 1848, and baptised at St Edward’s Church on 10 September of that year. He was the son of George Mountain, coachman to the Provost of King’s College, and his wife Letitia.  The family home was 8 Queens’ Lane in central Cambridge, and Thomas had at least five siblings: Mary Ann (1840‒1909), James (1842‒1923), Susannah (1844‒47), John (1846‒) and Elizabeth (1851‒1935). Thomas, like his younger brother John, became a chorister of King’s College. By 1881 he was living as a boarder at 75 Mornington Road, St Pancras, London, his occupation being stated as ‛musician’.

100 Mawson Road

Thomas married Emma Elizabeth West of London on 8 August 1887 at the church of St Matthew, St Pancras. Four years later Thomas and Emma were living at ‛Glaisdale’, Poole Road, Bournemouth with three step-children, Joseph (a brewer), Florence and Catherine West, and two servants. Thomas was living on his own means. The couple had no children.  In 1901 they were living at Ravenhall(?), Chine Cresent Road, Bournemouth, still with Catherine West, and a niece and three servants.  However, Thomas (miswritten as ‛Morna’ or ‛Moma’) is described as ‛Brewer / Employer’, so there is slight doubt over identification.  In 1911 they were living at ‛Westfield’, 30 Upperton Road, Eastbourne, Sussex.  Emma died on 21 March 1919, aged 78, presumably being buried either in Eastbourne or in London.  She left effects of £36,661 9s 8d to Thomas Mountain (‛company director’), Joseph Henry West (‛esquire’) and Edward Job West (‛company director’).

Thomas then married Kate Bodley in Cambridge in the second quarter of 1920. In 1911 Thomas has been the head of household of a property in the east end of London in which Kate was the house-keeper (see below); so their acquaintance had gone back at least eight years. Nothing is known of their marriage, which lasted thirteen years.

Thomas died on 4 December 1933, aged 85, and was buried on the 7th of that month in Mill Road Cemetery. His address at the time of death was 100 Mawson Road (Petersfield), Cambridge. He left effects worth £26, 790 6s. to Kate and his unmarried sister Elizabeth.

Kate Mountain (née Bodley) (1863‒1944)

Kate Bodley was born in 1863 in London, the district being variously described in census reports as ‛Regents Park’, ‛Southwark’ and ‛Lambeth’(!)  She was the daughter of Alfred F. Bodley of Guernsey and Harriet E Bodley of Rotherhithe, Surrey.  Alfred is himself variously described as ‛commercial traveller Manchester goods’ [i.e. Lancashire cottonware] (1871), ‛shopman’ (1881), ‛draper’s assistant’ (1891) and ‛accountant’s clerk’ (1901).   Kate had at least three siblings: Gordon H (c.1865‒), Maude L (c.1870‒) and Florence E (c.1874‒).

Kate’s life is marked by frequent movement from place to place.  She is recorded at the age of 8 (1871) as a boarder at 1 Lower Terrace, Clapton Road, Hackney, London.  This and adjacent addresses were a ‛ladies’ school’ run by joint principals Mary Bodley (of St Peter’s, Guernsey ‒ presumably a relative) and Sarah A Hargroves.  (At this time, her parents were living in Croydon.)  At the age of 18 she was attending a ladies’ college at 4 Warwick Road, Brompton, London (1881), of which the principals had familiar names: Sarah Ann Hargroves and Mary Ann H Bodley. By 1891 ‒ by which time her mother was dead ‒ she had rejoined her family and was living at 46 Droop Street, Chelsea, with her widowed father and two sisters (both milliners), and is described as a ‛music teacher’.  By 1901 she was living at 45 Wichendon Road, Fulham, with her father and sister Maude, her occupation being ‛lady clerk’.

In 1911 she was at 428 Hackney Road, Bethnal Green, where she is described as ‛house-keeper’, with one other occupant, a visitor.  It is tempting to think that this is someone else except for the fact that the census sheet is signed by ‛Thomas Mountain’, whom the census schedule cites as the head of household.

Kate and Thomas Mountain, widower, were married in Cambridge (Thomas’s home town) in the second quarter of 1920.  Nothing is known of their time together.  Thomas died in 1933, and Kate lived on until 1944, dying at the age of 80 or 81. Her death is recorded on this grave and also on the reverse of grave ED41 (George and Letitia Mountain). In view of the summary nature of her inscription on both monuments, it is possible that she died and was buried elsewhere than Cambridge: a Kate Mountain of 345 Kingston Road, London SW20 (Raynes Park), widow, is recorded as having died on 14 August 1944 at 25 Oakwell Crescent, Roundhay, Leeds, Yorkshire, leaving effects worth £12,878 0s. 11d. to Maude Louise and Florence Edith Ming; and a Kate Mountain is recorded as having died in September 1944 in Leeds, aged 81.

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England census returns 1861‒1901
England & Wales census return 1911
England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916‒2005 (Thomas/Kate)
London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754‒1921 (Thomas/Emma)
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916‒2007 (Emma, Kate)
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 (Emma)
St Edward’s Church, Cambridge, baptismal register, burial register (Thomas and siblings)

 By Ian Bent

Kate Mountain; Thomas Mountain