CFHS code : HT290

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Memory of HENRY WALLIS d August 15 1863 in his sixty third year and of ALICE his widow d April 30 1871 in her sixty sixth year

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Wallis headstone April 2018


Located at the south of the central path partially hidden under a laurel bush.


In Memory of HENRY WALLIS who entered into rest August 15 1863 in his sixty third year

…………………Lord Jesus ………”

And of ALICE his widow who departed this life April 30 1871 in her sixty sixth year

Henry Wallis (1796 – 15 August  1863)

Henry was the son of Lydia (1758-1841) and was a bookseller/stationer with a shop at 24 Sidney Street.  He married Alice Adams on 17 July 1827 in Landbeach and they had two children: Henry William (1828-1893) and Louisa Jane (1831-1894).  He died at home aged 67 years old (which is at odds with the age given on the grave monument) and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 20 August 1863.

Alice Wallis (née Adams)  (11 November 1805 – 30 April 1871)

Alice was the third daughter of farmer William Adams (1867-1819) and Judith (née Esser) (1769-1856). After she was widowed she lived at 7 Newnham Terrace with her son William and died there aged 65 years old.

From parish burial records it is known that Henry and Alice’s son Henry was also buried in the Holy Trinity area of Mill Road Cemetery and is believed to have been buried with his parents.

Henry William (known as William) Wallis (1828-26 December 1893)

William was the only son of Henry and Alice and took over the family business after the death of his father. He lived with his mother at 7 Newnham and then moved to live at 14 Park Terrace (at least 1881 onwards).  He died at Park Terrace of ‘cardiac syncope’ aged 65 years old. His death was announced by the Cambridge Independent Press as ‘death of an old resident – we regret to have to announce the death of Mr. W.H. Wallis, the well known book seller of Sidney Street…who has for such a number of years held the respect of his fellow-townsmen’.



Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Alice Wallis; Henry Wallis; Henry William Wallis