CFHS code : ML77
Parish : St Mary the Less
Inscription : ——- MARY ———- of THOMAS SINDALL ——L[E]HAM line illegible ——— [10 or 19] 189- aged 84 two lines illegible also of MARIA SINDALL daughter of the [above] d ——– 5 108 aged  two lines illegible also of MARY SINDALL daughter of the above d Nov 9th 1924 ELIZABETH SINDALL d July 11th 1928 aged 80
Monument : Scroll
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202698, 0.13746095 – click here for location
This monument, in the parish area of St Mary the Less, is located in the centre circle.
Mary ———- of Thomas Sindall of Isleham
line illegible ——-Feb 19 1896 aged 84
two lines illegible
also of MARIA SINDALL daughter of the [above] died 5 108 aged 57
two lines illegible
also of Mary Sindall daughter of the above who died Nov 9th 1924
Elizabeth Sindall. Died July 11th 1928 aged 80 years.
Mary Sindall (née Dodman) (1811-1896)
Mary was born on 3 October 1811, and baptised on 3 November at St Botolph’s, Aldersgate, London. She was one of six children born to William Dodman and Mary Dodman (née Brown). Her father was an Inn Holder. Mary had a twin called William and they had been named after two older siblings with the same names, who had died in infancy. Mary married Thomas Sindall on 25 February 1841 at Holy Trinity, Islington, London. Thomas was a merchant from Isleham, Cambridgeshire and his father, William Sindall, was a farmer. At the time of her marriage Mary was resident at No 2 Manchester Terrace, London. Mary and Thomas returned to Isleham where they had six children: Thomas Dodman (1842-1905); Mary (1844-1924); Sophia (1846-1870); Elizabeth (1848-1928); Maria (1850-1908) and William (1853-1934). By 1851 Thomas was describing himself as a farmer, maltster, merchant and brewer employing ten men. On 11 November 1868 Thomas died and a few years later their daughter, Sophia, also died. Their eldest son, Thomas Sindall junior, had followed in his father’s footsteps and became a farmer before he eventually moved to Islington, London and became a Commercial Clerk. Thomas’ and Mary’s youngest son, William Sindall, moved to Victoria Road, Cambridge where he became an apprentice carpenter.
By 1881 Mary had followed her younger son, William, by leaving Isleham and settling in Cambridge at 23 Fitzwilliam Street where she became a lodging house keeper. At the time of the 1881 census three of her children were living with her (Mary, Elizabeth and William) as well as a 10 year old granddaughter (Mary Elizabeth) and a domestic servant. Her son had become a builder employing two men and three boys. By 1891 she had given up working and was living on her own means. Her two daughters (Mary and Elizabeth), and her granddaughter (Mary Elizabeth), were still living with her. Mary died on 19 February 1896 at the family home in Cambridge.
Meanwhile, her son William Sindall’s business continued to grow becoming a respected firm based in Cambridge. He also served as a Councillor for the city. Some of the building projects he oversaw included the rebuilding St Mark’s Church in Newnham (1901), reconstructing and conserving the Mathematical Bridge (1905), and the extension to The Perse School (1933).
William died in 1934 and sadly his two eldest sons had both died before him as a result of injuries sustained in the Great War (William Thomas 1886-1923; and Richard Ernest 1889-1915). For more information see:
However, William’s youngest son, Robert Donald Sindall (1900-1993) continued the family business. In 1988 the business acquired Hinkins and Frewin established in Oxford in 1847. In 1993 the firm was involved in what became a leading case for contract law and the issue of misrepresentation (William Sindall plc v Cambridgeshire County Council, EWCA Civ 14 (21 May 1993)). Then in 1994 due to a reverse takeover the firm merged with Morgan Lovell established in 1977 to become the major national construction company Morgan Sindall.
Maria Sindall (1850-1908)
Maria was baptised on 4 August 1850 in Isleham, Cambridgeshire. She was the fifth of six children born to Thomas Sindall and Mary Sindall (née Dodman). She did not marry and after her father’s death in 1868 she remained in Isleham initially acting as a Housekeeper for her older brother, Thomas Sindall junior. By 1881 Maria had left Isleham and was working as a Draper Shop woman at a Grocers and Drapers in Harlow, Essex. By 1891 she had moved to Bridge Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire where she was living and working as a draper with one assistant where she stayed until at least 1901. Maria died at “Walsdine” Wordsworth Grove, Newnham, Cambridge in July 1908. She was 57 years old.
Mary Sindall (1844-1924)
Mary was baptised on 18 August 1844 in Isleham, Cambridgeshire. She was the second of six children born to Thomas Sindall and Mary Sindall (née Dodman). She did not marry and remained with her mother first in Isleham and then at 23 Fitzwilliam Street, Cambridge, until her mother’s death in 1896. Mary continued to live at 23 Fitzwilliam Street with her younger sister (Elizabeth) and niece (Mary Elizabeth Sindall) but by 1901 she had taken up employment as a Private Clerk (commercial). By 1911 they had all moved to 4 Wordsworth Grove, Cambridge and Mary was working as a Private Secretary. Mary died on 9 November 1924 in Cambridge. She was 80 years old.
Elizabeth Sindall (1848-1928)
Elizabeth was born in 1848 and baptised on 25 March 1849 in Isleham, Cambridgeshire. She was the fourth of six children born to Thomas Sindall and Mary Sindall (née Dodman). She did not marry and remained with her mother first in Isleham and then at 23 Fitzwilliam Street, Cambridge, until her mother’s death in 1896. Elizabeth continued to live at 23 Fitzwilliam Street with her elder sister (Mary) and niece (Mary Elizabeth Sindall). By 1911 they had all moved to 4 Wordsworth Grove, Cambridge. Elizabeth died on 11 July 1928 at 4 Wordsworth Grove, Newnham, Cambridge.
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by Emma Easterbrook