CFHS code : ML92

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of dear husband DAVID PALMER who was suddenly called away August 16 1904 aged 63 also of MARY PALMER wife of the above d Feb 15 1925 aged 84

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202727, 0.13734527 – click here for location

Palmer grave
Palmer headstone



In loving memory


my dear husband


who was suddenly called away

August 16 1904

age 63 years

also of


wife of the above,

who died Feb. 15th 1925

aged 84 years.

David Palmer (13 December 1840 – 16 August 1904)

David was born in Soham, Cambridgeshire and was the son of Stephen and Margaret Palmer.  He grew up in Soham where his father was a bricklayer.  Aged 20 (1861) he was living in Sutton, Cambridgeshire and was an apprentice to Sutton Redding, a bricklayer.  He married Mary Gathercole in 1868.  They had at least five children: Robert (1868-1868), Harry (1870-), Mary (1872-1962), Robert (1872-) and Margaret Gathercole (1880-1976).

David worked as a bricklayer and later as a builder. The family lived at 36 Norwich Street (1871), 76 Russell Street (1881) and then at 12 Mill Lane (at least 1891 onwards).  The census of 1901 records him as running a lodging house at 12 Mill Lane.  He died at home in August 1904 aged 63 years old.

Mary Palmer (née Gathercole) (c.1841 – 15 February 1925)

Mary was the daughter of John and Mary Gathercole.  She grew up on Princess Street in Cambridge, where her father worked as a bricklayer, and her mother as a laundress. After being widowed she went to live with her daughter Margaret and her husband Ernest Denney at 45 Victoria Park (1911). She died in 1925 at 64 All Souls Avenue in Harlesden, and was probably living with her other daughter Mary at the time.

Harry, Mary and Robert Palmer all became school teachers. Robert Palmer went to St Catherine’s College, Cambridge in 1895, and later taught at the Latymer School in Hammersmith as well as being ordained as a minister.



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