CFHS code : HS123

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Loving Memory of HENRY PALMER d Sept 28 1912 age 82 also LOUISA PALMER wife of above b Ap 20 1833 d Ap 19 1915 also JESSIE LOUISA PALMER youngest daughter of above d Oct 19 1915 age 43

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202258, 0.13842 – click here for location

Palmer grave
Palmer headstone


This headstone, located in the parish of Holy Sepulchre, stands 2 rows to the east of the east path.


In Loving Memory of HENRY PALMER who died Sept 28. 1912 aged 82 years.

Also LOUISA PALMER wife of above born April 20. 1833. Died April 19. 1915. 

“Thy will, not mine be done”

Also JESSIE LOUISA PALMER youngest daughter of above who died Oct 19 1915 age 43 years

Henry Palmer (19 June 1831 – 28 September 1912)

Henry was born in London and is believed to have been the son of Henry and Sarah (née Cornell) Palmer. He married Louisa Warland at St Andrew the Less Church on 29 June 1856.  The couple had twelve children: Henry Thomas (1857-1923), Arthur Charles (1859-1933), George (1861-1938), Catherine Sarah (1864-1947), Emily (1869-), Thomas (1869-), Sidney (1871-1930), Jessie Louisa (1872-1915), Charles (1874-1949) and a further three children who died as infants.  The family lived at 43 & 44 Bradmore Street (c.1861-1881) and then at 20 & 22 Bradmore Street (c.1891 onwards).  Henry was variously described on census records as a brazier and coppersmith, but by the census of 1911 he was running a grocery store assisted by his children Thomas and Jessie.  He died at home aged 82 years old.

Louisa Palmer (née Warland) (20 April 1833 – 19 April 1915)

Louisa was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Warland.  She married Henry Palmer when she was 23 years old, and died at Bradmore Street aged 81 years old.

Jessie Louisa Palmer (1872 – 19 October 1915)

Jessie was the youngest daughter of Henry and Louisa Palmer.  She did not marry and lived at home with her parents until their deaths.  She committed suicide six months after the death of her mother, aged 43 years old.  An inquest was held into her death on 21 October.  It heard that Jessie had continued to run the general grocery store at Bradmore Street, but had seemed run down since the death of her mother. Elizabeth Palmer, who was married to her brother Arthur had gone to assist her in the shop on 4 October.  Jessie had gone to have a nap whilst Elizabeth had been left to serve in the shop.  Jessie had taken ‘a draught of spirit of salts’ (hydrochloric acid) and when Elizabeth found her, a doctor was called and Jessie was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital.  She died two weeks later on the 19 October.  Elizabeth testified that Jessie ‘was of a bright disposition and had never talked of taking poison’, but Dr Budd who had looked after her in hospital said ‘it appeared to him that Miss Palmer’s mind was unstable and had been affected by a severe shock’.  The jury returned a verdict of ‘suicide while of unsound mind’.



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Henry Palmer; Jessie Louisa Palmer; Louisa Palmer