CFHS code : PL160

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Memory of KATHERINE CORKER TOWNSHEND [Dseced] daughter of CHAMBRE CORKER TOWNSHEND MA of Derry County Cork d July 7th 1921 aged 87

Monument : Headstone/Ground slab

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in February 2020.

Monument

Located just a few metres north of the south path. Roughly two thirds of the way between the lodge and the central path. The inscription is hard to read.

Inscription

In Memory of KATHERINE CORKER TOWNSHEND [Dseced]
daughter of CHAMBRE CORKER TOWNSHEND MA of Derry County Cork
Died July 7th 1921 aged 87 years

Katherine Corker Townshend (c.1834 – 7 July 1921)

Katherine was born in Kilgariff, County Cork and appear to have been known as Katie through her life.  Her parents were Rev. Chambre Corker and Eliza (née Oliver) Townshend. Her father  Chambre (1797-1852) was a landowner and priest, who was Rector of Kilgariff and the Island (1829-1840) and then Rector of Kilmacabea, Co Cork (1840-1852).  Eliza Oliver was his second wife, and was the daughter of Major General Nathaniel Wilmot Oliver.  Nathaniel Oliver owned estates in both Kerry, Ireland and Suffolk.

Chambre Townshend inherited an estate of c.3,500 acres and was involved in the management of the estate.  Katherine’s step-brother Horace Townshend inherited the estate after Chambre’s death in July 1852.  His will left £2,000 to be split between his remaining 11 children. Katie was 18 years old when her father died, and in 1867 took out a 99 year lease on 12 Ridgway Place in Wimbledon together with her three siblings.

Little is known of her life, except that she did not marry.  In the census of 1891 she was recorded as a visitor to Crediton Grammar School where she was staying with the Headmaster and his wife. Her mother Eliza died in 1906, and at that point Katie inherited part of her grandfather’s legacy.  In 1911 she was living alone at 21 Hurst Road in Eastbourne, and was recorded as being of ‘private means’.  When she died in 1921 she was living at Sunnybrae, 61 Cherry Hinton Road.  What brought her to Cambridge is not known.

Sources:

Ancestry

Townshend family history site

by Claire Martinsen

Many thanks to JT for the invaluable information contained within his family site.

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Katherine Corker Townshend