CFHS code : HT398

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : IRO WILLIAM NICHOLS d Dec 17 1864 aged 80 also MARY NICHOLS wife of the above d June 14 1867 aged 84

Monument : Headstone with shelf and open book with cross in relief on open pages

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The Nichols monument, on the left. Photo January 2014.
Nichols monument on the left  January 2014


This headstone, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, is located 11 rows from the central path.


In Remembrance of WILLIAM NICHOLS died Dec 17 1864 aged 80 years

also MARY NICHOLS wife of the above died June 14 1867 aged 84

William Nichols (c.1784 –  1864)

William was born in Ullesthorpe, near Hinckley in Leicestershire.  He married wife Mary, who was also born in Ullesthorpe.  They had at least one son John [1806-1865] who was also born in Ullesthorpe, so they must have remained there for the early part of their life.

William became a bookseller and stationer.  His son John married Frances Truin in Cambridge in December 1830, so one can perhaps assume that the family had moved to Cambridge sometime in the 1820’s.

In 1851 William and Mary were living at 5 Fair Street with their 7 year old grandson Edward. William is described on the census as a bookseller.  In 1861 he was 75 years old and still living at 5 Fair Street. He is described as a Master Bookseller employing 3 men.

He died in December 1864 aged 80 years old, and was buried on 21st December at Mill Road Cemetery.


Mary Nichols (c.1783 – 14 June 1867)

Mary came from the village of Ullesthorpe like her husband.   She died aged 84 and was buried on the 18th June 1867 at Mill Road Cemetery.




Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/Newspaper archives

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