CFHS code : PL111

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Memory of HERVEY PRESTON 3 Feb 1861 aged 57 also ANN wife of above d 19 May 1894 aged 88 also CLARA MARY PRESTON daughter of HERVEY and ANN PRESTON d 7 Jun 1860 aged 20 also of ELLEN, LUCY & HERVEY their children

Monument : Chest tomb with panelled sides

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Preston monument January 2018


Located close to the south wall, in the parish area of St Paul, this tomb has sustained some damage to the lid which has collapsed inwards. Most of the inscription has been checked but it is badly eroded so parish and census records were used to correct the original transcription.


north side panel

In Memory of HERVEY PRESTON 3 Feb 1861 aged 57

Also ANN wife of above died 19 May 1894 aged 88

west side panel

Also CLARA MARY PRESTON daughter of HERVEY and ANN PRESTON who died 7 Jun 1860 aged 28

south side panel 

Hervey Preston (d 1861)

In nearly all transcriptions Hervey is spelled Harvey and sometimes also in original documents. It is thought that Hervey was the tenth child of Edward and Sarah (née Mead) Preston baptised in St Andrew the Less in 1804 a date that conflicts with their marriage date.  Hervey and Ann Parry were married at St Cuthbert’s Church, Thetford on July 8th 1829. They were both 21 (this may be an error – see Ann Preston née Parry below).  The couple had four children.

Ann Preston (née Parry) (c 1806 – 1894)

Ann was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Preston Parry. There are many conflicting details about her date of birth. In Thetford parish records she was baptised on December 28th 1806. At her marriage in 1829 her birth date is given as 1808 and her age 21. Her age in the 1841 census is given as 30 (probably rounded down by the enumerator), 1851 – 44, 1861- 54 1871- 64, 1881 – 70, 1891 – 84. At her death the inscription says she is 88 but the parish record says 90. It seem likely that she was born between 1804 and 1806.

Her sister Sarah Preston Headdey is buried in the next grave to the north.

Clara Mary Preston (1832 – 1860)

Clara was the second child of Hervey and Ann Preston. She was baptised in 1832.

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Lucy Preston (1830 – 1835)

Ellen Preston (1833 – 1834)

 Hervey Edward Preston (1835-1838)

Mill Road Cemetery was closed when the three children above died, so they would have been buried in the graveyard at the church of St Andrew the Less on Newmarket Road, Cambridge.

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CFHS parish and census transcripts

by Mary Naylor

Ann Preston; Clara Mary Preston; Ellen Preston; Hervey Preston; Lucy Preston