CFHS code : AS219a

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Memory of FREDERIC PLEASANCE d Jan 11 1897 aged 78 also MARY PLEASANCE his wife d Oct 5 1900 aged 80 also of ED PLEASANCE their son d April 30 1868 aged 2

Monument : Headstone (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Although the top of the headstone is broken the remainder of the inscription is still clear. The stone is stable despite the fact that it leans forward and to one side. Photo 2016
Pleasance headstone 2016


This headstone, in the parish area of All Saints, is visible from the central path.  It lies to the south of the north path. Although the top of the headstone is broken the remainder of the inscription is still clear.


‘In Memory of FREDERIC PLEASANCE died Jan 11 1897 aged 78 years

Also MARY PLEASANCE his wife who died Oct 5 1900 aged 80 years

And of E. D.  PLEASANCE their son who died April 30th 1868 aged 2 years.’

“Till He come”

Frederic Pleasance (c.1819 – 11 January 1897)

Frederic was the son of William and Elizabeth and was baptised  on 13 May 1821. He married Mary Chapman in 1844 and the couple had at least six children: Frederick Chapman (1847-1928), George Alfred (1950-1912), Albert William (1853-1910),  Emily Jane (1854-), Arthur Robert (1859-1936) and Edwin David (1866-1868).

Frederic worked as a bootmaker and the family lived at 12 Jesus Lane (1851 to at least 1881) .  In 1891 Frederic and Mary were living at Myrtle House, 6a Round Church Street.   He was sexton of All Saints’ for some time (1861) and represented Holy Sepulchre on the Cambridge of Guardians (at least 1892 to 1896).

He does appear to have been a thorn in the council’s side as local newpapers frequently carried details of the objections he raised in meetings and the various issues he questioned.  One report in the Cambridge Independent Press in May 1881 read ‘Public pictures at the Town Hall …Mr F. Pleaseance writes to say that he, in common with many of our townsmen is anxious to know what has become of the portraits of public personages, benefactors &c (sic) which used to hang on the staircase of the old Guildhall forty or fifty years ago He has not seen them, he says, for the last twenty years’.  In December 1866 the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal published a piece under the title of Cambridge Police Court ‘the boy Albert Pleasance charged with stealing some cigars from Mr Kisby’s, Jesus Lane was no relation of Mr. F. Pleasance…We are requested to mention this because Mr. Pleasance has a son of the same name’.

Frederic died at Myrtle House aged 78 years old.

Mary Ann Pleasance  (née Chapman) (c.1820 – 5 October 1900)

Mary was the daughter of carpenter Daniel Chapman and his wife Mary and she grew up on Coldham’s Lane.  She died aged 80 years old.

Edwin David Pleasance (1866 – 30 April 1868)

Edwin was baptised at All Saints’ Church on 1 April 1866 and died at Jesus Lane  just after his second birthday.



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Edwin David Pleasance; Frederic Pleasance; Mary Pleasance