CFHS code : PL271

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Remembrance of CAROLINE SEXTON d Jan 13 1895 aged 74 also MARY ANN ROOME sister of the above d Sept 22 1905 aged 90

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in April 2022.


This headstone, located in the parish area assigned to St Paul’s church, stands 8 monuments north of the south path and 3 rows west of the central path. The top half of the inscription is badly eroded .  This area of the cemetery is often left to grow wild and the headstone is often hidden from view.


In Loving Remembrance of CAROLINE SEXTON who died January 13 1895 aged 74 years

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Also MARY ANN ROOME sister of the above who died Sept 22 1905 aged 90 years

Relationship: Sisters

Caroline Sexton [nee Roome] (1821 – 13 January 1895)

Caroline was the daughter of hatter John Abraham Roome and his wife Mary.  She was born in Artillery Street in London, and baptised at St Botolph Church in Bishopsgate on 21st October 1821.  She can next be traced marrying widower Henry Sexton [1827-1899] at St James’ Church in Clerkenwell on 4th May 1873 when she was  around 52 years old. Her sister Mary Ann was a witness on the wedding certificate.

Caroline and Henry were living at the Norwich Arms, Norwich Street in Cambridge in 1881, with her sister Mary Ann.  Henry owned a ‘fly’ cab [a lightweight horse drawn carriage], and Mary Ann was the landlady of the Norwich Arms. By 1891 all three were still living together at 33 Russell Street.  Caroline died at Russell Street in 1895 aged 74 years old.

Mary Ann Roome (18 January 1815 – 22 September 1905)

Mary Ann was born in Pudding Lane, and baptised at St Magnus the Martyr Church on 12th February 1815.  Kelly’s Directory of 1879 has her as the landlady of the Norwich Arms.  She was still on the Electoral Register and Poll Book living at the Norwich Arms in 1890/91.

The census of 1891 shows her living at 33 Russell Street with her sister and brother-in-law.  Henry Sexton’s children from his first marriage appear to have taken over the running of the Norwich Arms [Harriet Hart (nee Sexton) and  Henry Sexton Jnr], and by 1891 the census records her as ‘living on own means’.  Her sister Caroline died in 1895, Henry Sexton in 1899, and Mary herself died at 31 Panton Street aged 90 years old.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/newspaper archives

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Mary Ann Roome; Caroline Sexton