CFHS code : PL583

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JAMES PRYOR b Apr 12 1801 d Jan 28 1886 also ESTHER PRYOR his wife b Oct 27 1810 d June 15th 1904 also ESTHER SUSANNAH PRYOR b Feb 11 1843 d July 3 1913

Monument : Column

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Pryor monument September 2020


This column is located I row to the east of the west path under a large tree. It once had a pointed spire which fell sometime in the last 20 years and now rests against the left face of the monument.  The inscription is still intact
We know from the grave register that this is a brick lined grave.


In Loving Memory of JAMES PRYOR born April 12th 1801 died  January 28th 1886

Also of  ESTHER PRYOR wife of the above wife born October  27th 1810 died June 15th 1904

“He giveth his beloved sleep”

Also of ESTHER SUSANNAH PRYOR born February  11th 1843 died  July 3rd 1913

James Pryor (12 April 1801  – 28 January 1886)

James was the son of William and Sarah (née Day) and was born in Cambridge, but baptised in Great Eversden on 10 June 1801.  He married Esther Deen on 11 September 1835 at St. James’ Church, Westminster and they had at least nine children: James Valentine (1838-1922), Harriette Deen (1839-1921), Esther Susannah (1843-1913), John (1845-1937), Henry Edward (1846-1847), Frederick Deen (1849-1928), Annie Elizabeth (1851-) and Mary Deen (1853-1951).

James was a fishmonger and poulterer (dealer in game) who had a shop at 27 Petty Cury (at least 1851 onwards) where the family also  lived.  By 1881 James and Esther had retired to lived at 12 Eastbourne Terrace, Hills Road  and their eldest son James had taken over the family business. James Pryor died at Eastbourne Terrace aged 84 years old.

The business prospered under James Valentine Pryor who lived at Milton Hall, Cambridge.

Esther Pryor (née Deen) (27 October 1810 – 15 June 1904)

Eather was born in Hereford and baptised at St. Nicholas’ Church on 30 October 1810. She was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Deen and married James Pryor when she was 24 years old. In 1901 she was living at 1 Gresham Road with her children Esther and William and died there at the age of 93.

Esther Susannah Pryor (11 February 1843- 3 July 1913)

Esther lived with her parents, and was then housekeeper to her brother William (1901/1911) at Gresham Road. She died at the Medical and Surgical Home in Eastbourne aged 70 years. Her body was brought back to Cambridge and her funeral took place at St. Paul’s Church on 8 July 1913.  The hymns at the service inclued ‘O rest in the Lord’, ‘Peace, perfect peace’ and ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth’.

William Pryor (14 April 1841 – 8 May 1924)

Although we did not find an inscription for William his name is entered in the grave register.

William was the second son of James and Esther Pryor and worked as an iromonger.  He worked as an apprentice in Royston (1861)  and then in Shoredith (1871). He then returned to Cambridge and lived with his sister Esther at 1 Gresham Road. He died at home aged 83 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 12 May.



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Esther Pryor; Esther Susannah Pryor; James Pryor; William Pryor