CFHS code : ML24

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : In Memory of ELIZABETH THROWER d 29 June 1852 in the 82nd year of her age also In Memory of ELIZABETH her daughter b 11 May 1805 d 5 June 1897

Monument : Chest tomb with panelled sides

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202764, 0.13780071 – click here for location


This monument has not been uncovered. It has been identified using the parish records.


Relationship: Mother, daughter and son

Elizabeth Thrower (née Hope)  (1771 – 29 June 1852)

Elizabeth was born in New Sandford, near Chelmsford Essex and married draper Stephen Thrower (c.1776 – 1843) on 24 April 1804. Stephen had a shop on Senate House Square and was a linen draper, silk mercer and hosier and the family lived on St. Mary’s Street.   He was an Alderman of the town and was elected Mayor in 1834 and 1835. Elizabeth and Stephen had at least six children: Elizabeth (1805-1897), Charles (1808-1842), Sophia (1810-1811), William (1812-1850), George (1814-1873) and Frederick (1818-1838).

Stephen Thrower died in June 1843 and was buried at St. Mary the Great on 21 June. In 1851 Elizabeth was living on Trumpington Street with daughter Elizabeth and three house servants (including Sarah Warrington).  She died aged 81 years old ‘after a few hours’ illness’ and was said to be ‘beloved and lamented by her family and friends’.

Elizabeth Thrower (11 May 1805 – 5 June 1897)

Elizabeth was the eldest child of Stephen and Elizabeth and  in 1861 was living  at 1 Addenbrooke Place (which was probably the same house as in the 1841 census) with a lodger  and six domestic servants.  In 1891 she was living at Addenbrooke Place with nieces Frances and Edith Thrower (the daughters of her brother George), cook Eliza Freeman and housemaid Margaret Freeman.  She died at home aged 92 years old.

William Thrower (1811 – 24 July 1850)

William was baptised on 20 October 1811 at St. Mary the Great Church. He worked as a solicitor and in 1827 was articled to Thomas Fiske and William Woodcock Hayward. He later worked in a partnership called ‘Pemberton & Thrower’ who were clerks to the district commissioners. Mr Pemberton was county Clerk of the Peace and William Thrower deputy Clerk of the Peace from c.1834 onwards.  At the court sessions in April 1850 Mr Yorke commented that ‘Mr Thrower was possessed of great professional ability and sound discretion’.

William was clerk to the committee of visitors for the ‘Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ but resigned his post in March 1850 due to ill health. On 13 July 1850 he started a new partnership with Clement Francis, but died less than two weeks later aged 38 years old.

The grave of their family servant Sarah Warrington is in the parish of St Benet.

Stephen and Elizabeth’s youngest son Frederick Thrower was a Christ’s College student and died in May 1838 ‘after a long illness’. He was buried in the churchyard of St. Mary the Great.



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by Claire Martinsen

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