This grave was not located during the Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202273, 0.13755767 – click here for location

The Royall grave set was found after scrub clearance in 2015.
Royall grave set


The Royall grave set was found after scrub clearance in 2015. It lies 8 rows east of the central path and 3 rows behind the headstone of John’s parents. The monument is now inaccessible again.


Thomas John Royall died 22nd September 1914 aged 64 At Rest Also Elisa Royall died April 13 1935 aged 85 years.

Thomas John Royall (1849 – 22 September 1914)

Thomas was the son of John and Ann and was baptised on 9 December 1849 at St. Mary the Less Church. His father was a publican and plasterer and he grew up at 42 Trumpington Street, and then the Castle Inn, Guildhall Street(1861/1871).  Thomas also became a plasterer and worked in a partnership with his brother Alfred, called ‘Royall Brothers’. After their father died in 1875 they ran the business from 40 Clarendon Street and offered ‘whitewashing, colouring and rapairs attended to upon the shortest notice’.

Thomas married Eliza Constable on 3 July 1883 in Croydon, Surrey and they had one daughter: Lillian Ann (1886-1945).  They lived at 31 Orchard Street (1891) and then Edelweiss, 73 Tenison Road (at least 1901 onwards).

In July 1892 Royall Brothers was declared bankrupt and the brothers appeared in front of the Cambridge Bankruptcy Court.  Butcher Prime Taylor Coulson had lent the business £200 of which they had only repaid £60 and the brothers told the court that ‘the true cause of their failure was their expenditure being above their income….some of their work had paid and some it had not’.  Thomas continued to work as a plasterer and concrete paving contractor  and died aged 64 years old.

The funeral took place on Saturday 28 September and was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press.  They described him as ‘a well known and highly respected Cambridge resident, being in business as a master plasterer and artificial stone works proprietor’.  He had been a member of the Rodney Cricket Club and members of the club attended.

Eliza Royall  (née Constable) (1846 – 18 April  1935)

Her age is recorded as 85 years on the monument, although it is thought she was actually 88 years old when she died – after her marriage her age was noted as being the same as her husband (athough she had been born 3 years before him).

Eliza was the daughter of Edward and Eliza and was baptised on 18 October 1846 at St. John the Baptist Church in Croydon. Her father was a ‘confectioner’s traveller’ (commercial salesman) and her mother worked as a laundress. Aged 23 Eliza was living in London and working as an assistant in a confectionery shop.

After she was widowed she continued to live at Tenison Road and died at the Devonshire Nursing Home.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Elisa Royall; Thomas John Royall