CFHS code :  MG15

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : footstone E.T. 1856/J.S. 1873/ A.S. 1879

Monument : footstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202223, 0.13736499 – click here for location

The headstone is missing so the grave has been identified using the sextons grave register.
Sims and Thompson monument


Located in the parish area of St Mary the Great, the headstone is missing, so the grave has been identified using the sexton’s grave register.


Only the initials and date of death on the footstone are legible. The following is based on research and could have errors.

E.T. 1856/J.S. 1873/ A.S. 1879

Elizabeth Thompson (née Sims) (1828-1856)  

Elizabeth was the eldest daughter of John and Ann Sims. She married Stephen Thompson on January 23rd 1849 in the parish of St Mary the Great.

John Sims (c 1796-1873)

John was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire. He was curator at the School of Anatomy in Cambridge.

Ann Sims (née Cooper) (c 1800-1879)

Ann was born in Ely. John and Ann married in Waterbeach on April 25th 1826. They lived in Waterbeach for a number of years before moving to Corn Exchange Street in Cambridge. The couple had at least six children. The eldest, William Cooper Sims, is buried in a grave in the next row to his parents, which has not been located.

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Sources :
CFHS Census, Grave book  and Parish transcripts

by Mary Naylor

Ann Sims; John Sims; Elizabeth Thompson