CFHS code : CL65

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : ALFRED McCOWAN PLEASANCE d Aug 14 1925 aged 77 also his wife KATE d Feb 4 1944 aged 89 ELLEN ELIZABETH PLEASANCE eldest daughter d Mar 1 1965 BESSIE PLEASANCE 8 Dec 1986 aged 88

Monument : Kerb stones/Ground slab

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202376,0.13836748

Pleasance monument October 2018




ALFRED McCOWAN PLEASANCE died August 14th 1925 aged 77 years

Also of his wife KATE d February 4th 1944 aged 89 years

ELLEN ELIZABETH PLEASANCE eldest daughter died March 1st 1965 aged 86 years


BESSIE PLEASANCE 8th December 1986 aged 88 years

Alfred McCowan Pleasance (1848 – 14 August 1925)

Alfred was the son of Salisbury and Eliza Pleasance. He was baptised at All Saints Church on 25 June 1848. He grew up on Park Street, and his father worked as a college servant.  He married Sarah Woollard Neale (1849-1873) at All Saints on 25 August 1870.  In April 1871 the couple were living at 17 Kings Street where Sarah was working as a tabacconist, and Alfred was a college servant at this time.  Their daughter Ellen Laetitia was born in October 1871, but died on 12 April 1872 aged 10 months old.  By that time the family were living at 2 Nelson Terrace.  Sarah Pleasance died at Nelson Terrace on 18 August 1873, aged 24 years old. Alfred was left a widower at 25 years old.

He married for a second time to Kate Bowers at Chesterton Church on 6 April 1875. They had ten children: Arthur Salisbury (1876-1951), Ellen Elizabeth (1878-1965), Spencer William (1880-1971), Lily Kate (1882-1954), Edith Mary (1885-1954), Percy Charles (1887-1965), William Fitch (1889-1975), Cecil McGowan (1892-1918), Claude Alexandra (1894-1973) and Bessie (1898-1986).  In 1881 the family were living at 10 Park Street, and Alfred was still working as a college servant. By at least 1887 he had changed career and was a ‘mineral water manufacturer’.  The Cambridge Independent Press of June 1887  reported a petty sessions appearance where Alfred appeared before the bench accused of owing one week’s wages (10s) to Alfred Howlett a former employee.  Alfred had dismissed Alfred Howlett but had not given him the week’s wages in lieu of notice.  He was ordered to pay the 10s plus costs. By 1891 the Pleasance family had moved to 15 Portugal Place.   He died in 1925 aged 77 years old, and was still living at Portugal Place at the time of his death.

Kate Pleasance (née Bowers) (3 October 1854 – 4 February 1944)

Kate was born in Burwell and was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Bowers.  Her father died when she was young, and aged 7 she was living in Burwell with her grandparents William and Catherine.  By the age of 17 she had moved to Cambridge and was living at 16 Ferry Path with her mother, and step father Richard Freeman.  Kate was working as a milliner, and her step father was a college servant, so maybe through his work she met widower Alfred Pleasance. She married Alfred in 1875 when she was 20 years old.

After being widowed she continued to live at 15 Portugal Place with her daughters Ellen, Edith and Bessie (1939).  She died aged 89 years old.

Ellen Elizabeth Pleasance (Nellie) (10 May 1878 – 1 March 1965)

Ellen was known as Nellie, and was the eldest daughter of Alfred and Kate Pleasance.  She lived at Park Street, and then 15 Portugal Place with her family and did not marry. By the age of 22 (1901) she was working as a dressmaker.  She continued to live at Portugal Place with sister Bessie until at least 1955.  The sisters then moved to 42 Victoria Park. She died at home aged 86 years old.

Bessie Pleasance (7 August 1898 – 8 December 1986)

Bessie was the youngest daughter of Alfred and Kate Pleasance.  She lived with her parents and siblings, and later in life with elder sister Nellie.  In 1939 she was working as a clerk for a skin and hide manufacturer.  She died aged 88 in Waterbeach.



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Alfred McCowan Pleasance; Bessie Pleasance; Ellen Elizabeth Pleasance; Kate Pleasance