CFHS code : PL438

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of VIDA PENNEY d Dec 18 1902 THOMAS PENNEY d Jan 19 1924 interred in Theybergi Cemetery

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The kerbstones in February 2020.
The inscription for Vida on the north kerb.


This set of kerbs located in the parish of St Paul is in good order is located roughly 16 rows west of the central path towards the north of the parish. The inscription is of metal letters in an attractive font. This monument is in an area that is usually under thick vegetation and rarely cleared.


In Loving Memory of VIDA PENNEY died Dec. 18th 1902 

THOMAS PENNEY died Jan. 19th 1924 interred in Thrybergh Cemetery

In grateful appreciation of loving parents

Eliza [Vida] Penney (née Gould) (1842 – 18 December 1902)

The name on the kerbstone looks more like Vida than Eliza but the parish records record Eliza.

Eliza was born in Bishop’s Stortford, the daughter of Samuel and Mary. Samuel was a labourer and she grew up at Apton Fields, Bishop’s Stortford. In 1871 she was working as a nurse for Rev. Lumby and his family at 29 St. Mary’s Street, Cambridge, before marrying Thomas Penny in Bishop’s Stortford in 1872. Thomas Penney as a tailor and they lived at Norwich Street.  The couple had at least three daughters: Mary Caroline (1874-1951), Eliza Helen (1877-1955) and May Florence (1881-1946). Eliza died at 61 Norwich St, Cambridge and her age was recorded as 59 (although it is thought she was actually 60 years old based on previous documentation).

Thomas Penney (1843 – 19 January  1924)

Thomas was born in Bewdley, Worcestershire and worked as a tailor. He was a keen gardener and won many prizes for his flowers and produce.  In July 1888 he won prizes at the Mill Road, New Town and Barnwell Amatuer Gardeners’ Association Show held at Downing College. He collected first prize in: collection of potatoes, twelve white round potatoes, second prize in: twelve white kidney potatoes,  twelve broad beans, two cabbage lettuces, twelve coloured round potatoes, twelve red eschalots. After the death of Eliza he continued to live at Norwich Street until at least 1914. His death was recorded in the Rotherham district, near to where his daughter Mary lived with her husband Jesse Harrison Wright, so  he might have moved to Yorkshire to live with Mary.  He was buried in Thrybergh, near Rotherham.



Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Eliza or Vida Penney; Thomas Penney