CFHS code : ED1

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : IMO HENRY SHEEN of Clare Hall second son of the Revd SAMUEL SHEEN Rector of Stonestead, Suffolk and LOUISA his wife b 4 Feb 1829 d 22 May 1851

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203047, 0.13753626 – click here for location

Sheen headstone 2017


This limestone headstone, the top of which is carved as a quatrefoil enclosing a cross, in the parish area of St Edward, is located beside the central path on its west side, about 20 yards north of the centre circle.


In memory of Henry Sheen of Clare Hall
second son of the Revd Samuel Sheen
Rector of Stonestead, Suffolk and Louisa his wife
born Feb 4 1829 died May 22 1851
[followed by three indecipherable lines of epitaph]

Henry Sheen (1829‒1851)

Henry Sheen was born on 4 February 1829 in the village of Stanstead in Suffolk (close to Sudbury, Lavenham and Long Melford), and was baptised there on 9 March of that year.  His father (c.1794‒1867), educated at Balliol College, Oxford, was Rector of the parish of Stanstead, and his mother was Louisa.  Henry had at least five siblings: Louisa, Eliza, Fanny (all c.1826‒), Charlotte (c.1833‒) and Esther (1841‒), and the household had one male and three female servants.

Henry was educated at Marlborough College, and then at Cambridge University.  He entered Clare Hall (now College) in autumn 1848, and became a scholar in 1849.

He died in college on 22 May 1851 of typhoid fever, and was buried on the 26th of that month in Mill Road Cemetery, in row XXXIII, plot 1, at a depth of 6 feet.  According to Cambridge University Alumni, he has a monument inscription in St Clement’s Church, Cambridge; but the CFHS does not record this.

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England census returns 1841, 1851
England & Wales, Christening Index, 1530‒1980
England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538‒1975
Cambridge University Alumni, 1261‒1900
Oxford University Alumni, 1500‒1886 (Samuel)
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858‒1966 (Samuel)

Church of St Edward, Cambridge, burial register, grave book

By Ian Bent

Henry Sheen