CFHS code : MC54

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of our beloved Mother ANN TOMLIN d March 25 1901 aged 82 also of EMILY TOMLIN d Nov 16 1905 aged 74 also of FANNY TOMLIN d Jan 31 1923 aged [74]

Monument : Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202648, 0.13775124 – click here for location

Tomlin grave
Tomlin monument after restoration November 2016
Tomlin monument damage April 2016
Tomlin monument damage April 2016


The stone cross, in the parish area of St Michael, stands to the east of the centre circle quite close to the path. It was damaged in April 2016 and repaired in December 2016. This restoration was funded by Cambridge City Council and FOMRC.


Sacred to the Memory of our beloved Mother
ANN TOMLIN died March 25 1901 aged 89 years

Also of EMILY TOMLIN died Nov 16 1905 aged 74

Also of FANNY TOMLIN died Jan 31 1923 aged 74

Ann Tomlin (née Frost) (c1812 – 1901)

Ann was born in Wickhambrook in Suffolk which is a village 10 miles from Bury St Edmunds. She married William Tomlin in Cambridge on 24th June 1830. Ann and William had at least nine children: Emily, Harriet Ann (1834-1888),William (1837-1905), George (1839-), Alfred (1840-),  Ann (1844-), Ann Louisa (1846-), Fanny and Sarah (1851-1923).

William Tomlin worked as a gardener and they lived at Malting Yard (1841) and then at 4 Burleigh Place (1851). He died in 1867 and Ann was left a widow. She moved to 25 Green Street and ran a Lodging House there from at least 1881 until her death, aged 89, on 25 March 1901.

Emily Tomlin (c 1831 – 1905)

Emily was the eldest child of William and Ann Tomlin. She worked as a dressmaker. In 1861 she was living at 6 Fair Street and was lodging with Thomas and Sarah Reynolds. In 1871 she was living with her maternal grandmother Sarah Frost at 2 Staffordshire Street, and again working as a dressmaker. Twenty years later (1891) aged 59 years old she was living alone at 4 Staffordshire Street.

She died aged 74 years old on 16 November 1905 at Staffordshire Street. Her death was subject to an inquest which was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press on 24th November 1905. The inquest heard that she ‘had been ailing for some weeks’ and had complained of pains in her head and throat, stiffness and having difficulty in moving. ‘She was not able to take much food and gradually sank’. The jury returned a verdict of death by natural causes, with the cause due to heart failure.

Fanny Tomlin (d 1923)

Fanny was the daughter of William and Ann Tomlin. After the death of her father, she helped her mother run the Lodging House at 25 Green Street (1881/1891/1901). In 1911 Fanny was living with her sister-in-law Frances Tomlin at Brooklands Villa, Brooklands Avenue. Her occupation is noted as a Lodging House Keeper. She never married and was living at 2 Perse Almshouses when she died.



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Ann Tomlin; Emily Tomlin; Fanny Tomlin