CFHS code : PL263

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of THOMAS PURKIS d July 1884 age 67

Monument : Coped stone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument in 2019.


This coped stone,  located in the parish of St Paul, is a few rows north of the south path about 6 rows from the central path. It has sunk over the years but the inscription is still just legible. The burial register was used to correct the inscription.


In Loving Memory of THOMAS PURKIS d July 1884 age  67

Thomas Purkis (1817 – 7 July 1884)

Thomas was born in Great Wilbraham, and baptised there on 18 May 1817.  He was the eldest son of John and Grace (née Halls) Purkis and his father was an agricultural labourer. Thomas did not marry and worked as a training groom.  By 1881 he had retired and lodged at 18 Mill Road with Henry and Susan Pilgrim. He later moved to 12 Norwich Street, where he died aged 67 years old and his funeral took place on 10 July 1884.

The names  Frances Mabel Woods  and Florence May Woods are also assigned this plot  in the grave register. It is likely that the sexton was able to squeeze a small grave in between plots and there was no connection between the Purkis and Woods families.

Both were daughters of William James Woods (1863-1933) and Daisy (née Lee) (1867-1957). The couple married in Royston in June 1892 and had six children. The family had moved to 15 Queen Street by 1901 and James worked as a mail cart driver.

Frances Mabel Woods  (c.April 1901 – July 1901)

Frances was born in Cambridge and died aged 3 months old. She was buried on 25 July 1901.

Florence May Woods (1899 – February 1902)

Florence was born in Royston, and baptised there on Christmas Eve 1899. She died at 15 Queens Street and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 12 February.



Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Thomas Purkis; Florence Woods; Frances Woods