CFHS code : BO20

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of THOMAS LIVERMORE THURLEY d April 12th 1865 in the 40th year of his age also of ELLEN LIVERMORE THURLEY only surviving child of the above d April 15 1871 aged 8

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Thurley grave
Thurley headstone



Thomas Livermore Thurley (c.1826 – 12 April 1865)

Thomas was born in Royston and was the eldest son of James and Sarah [nee Livermore] Thurley.  By 1851 he was living in Cambridge, and running a bakery business at 72 Trumpington Street.  He was working there with his younger brother William and employing another baker named Thomas Harvey as well as Mary Jackson as a housekeeper.  He appears to have played a prominent role in town life in Cambridge, and his name appears often in newspaper articles of the time.  By at least April 1860 he had been appointed to the Cambridge Board of Guardians representing St Botolph’s. Board of Guardians had been established by the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 and were elected roles to oversee workhouse provision and care of the poor across the city.

Thomas married Ellen Hall at St Giles’ Church in Cambridge on 9th July 1861. Their first daughter Florence Livermore Thurley was born in May 1862, but died aged 9 months old on 18th February 1863. Their second daughter was Ellen Livermore Thurley.  Thomas Thurley died in April 1865 aged 39 years old.  He had just been relected to the Board of Guardians two weeks before his death.  In the newspaper it was announced that his death was ‘much regretted by a large circle of friends’.


Ellen Livermore Thurley (1865 – 15 April 1871)

Ellen was the only surviving daughter of Ellen and Thomas Thurley.  She was about 3 months old when her father died.  Her mother married widower Frederick Bidwell Palmer in 1870.  Frederick was a butcher also with a daughter named Annie Elizabeth, who was a year younger than Ellen Thurley.  The family were living at 9 Earl Street in April 1871 when the census was taken.  Ellen died of scarlet fever at Earl Street aged 6 years old.  Annie Elizabeth Palmer [1866-1871], her step-sister died exactly two weeks later aged 5 years old – one can speculate that maybe it was of the same cause.

Frederick and Ellen Palmer went on to have a further 9 children together, some of whom are also buried at Mill Road Cemetery. and would have been half siblings to Ellen Thurley.




Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/newspaper archives

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Ellen Livermore Thurley; Thomas Livermore Thurley