CFHS code : ML66

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : LILIAN CONSTANCE PECK / daughter of GEORGE PECK & HELEN PECK / b Feb 5 1877 d Jul 15 1942 / In Loving Memory of CHARLES HENRY son of GEORGE and HELEN PECK / d June 26 1865 age 3 / also GEORGE PECK d April 1909 / age 82 / erected by HELEN his widow

Monument : Cross on Plinth

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202678, 0.13803078 – click here for location

Peck grave
Peck monument


To the north of the path that runs from the centre circle to the east wall. This monument was damaged in 2019.



born Feb 5 1877 died Jul 15 1942 

west face

In Loving Memory of CHARLES HENRY son of GEORGE and HELEN PECK  who died June 26 1865 age 3 years

Also GEORGE PECK who died April 1909 aged 82 years

Erected by HELEN his widow

Lilian Constance Peck (5 February 1877 – 15 July 1942)

Lilian was the youngest child of George and Helen Peck. She grew up at 30 Trumpington Street [1881/1891].  In 1901 she was a school mistress in Croydon, Surrey.  By 1911 she was back in Cabmbridge living at 8 St Paul’s Road with her mother.  She was still at St Paul’s Road in 1927, but by 1935 was living at 20 Cockburn Street.  In 1939 she was at the Old Manor Hospital in Salisbury, Wiltshire and died there there in 1942 aged 65 years old.  She never married.

Charles Henry Peck (1862 – 26 June 1865)

Charles was the third son of George and Helen Peck.  He died at 35 Trumpington Street aged 3 years old.

Helen Peck died on 7th May 1928 at 8 St Paul’s Road, Cambridge.  She was 95 years old.  The parish burial register shows that she was buried in this parish so this monument may also mark her grave.

George Peck (c.1827 – 5th April 1909)

George was born in Cambridge the son of a builder William Peck. He married Helen Robinson on January 12th 1854  when he was 26 years old.  He was a chemist/pharmacist, and had already established his business in 1851 according to his signage. Helen was the daughter of George & Sarah Robinson. George was butler to the master of Jesus College.

George and Helen had 11 children:  Dr Edward George [1854-1939], Frederick William [1858-1931], Helen Maud [1860-1865], Charles Henry [1862-1865], Edith Emily [1864-1947], Ernest Saville [1866-1955], Rev Herbert John [1868-1949], Major General Sydney Capel [1871-1949], Harold Robinson [1874-1956], Dr Alfred Gerard [1875-1908] and Lilian Constance [1877 – 1942].

The sign above the door on the corner of Pembroke St in 2020

At first George had his business at 35 & 36 Trumpington Street [1861/1871], but then moved to 30 Trumpington Street which is where his famous sign still remains [1891/1891].  By 1901 he still had his shop on Trumpington Street, but was living at 25 Fitzwilliam Street with a cook, a housemaid and a pharmacy assistant. He died at his home at 8 St Paul’s Road in 1901 aged 82 years old.  He left an estate valued at £3,365 18s and 9s.

George’s sons Edward, Ernest, Herbert and Sydney all went to Cambridge University. Edward and Alfred became doctors, Frederick and Ernest became pharmacists like their father. Ernest Saville  Peck was Mayor of Cambridge  1937-1938 and one of the founders of the Folk Museum in Cambridge.  More of his life can be read here.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/Newspaper archives

CFHS transcripts of parish records

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Charles Henry Peck; George Peck; Lilian Constance Peck