CFHS code : AS128

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : CORDELIA wife of WILLIAM WHEWELL DD Master of Trinity College d December [18] 1855 aged — ———– EVERINA FRANCES wife of William Whewell DD Master of Trinity College
died April 1 1865 aged 58 years

Monument : Cruciform Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203342, 0.13665767 – click here for location

Whewell grave
Whewell monument


A Ketton stone, kite-shaped chest tomb with coped edges on a limestone base. On top an ornamental cross with relief figure, sowing seed from a basket, in a scalloped octagonal motif. With inscriptions and quotes around the coped edges.

These features are described in a poem that William Whewell himself wrote in 1855, entitled ‘The Gravestone’:

There be the cross displayed on the sloping ridge of the copestone […]
There be the ring with its circling words, so warning and cheering;
There be the Sower with arms spread, as he walks in the field.
And – brief legend sufficeth for those who will visit thy rest place –
There we will write on the marg: THIS IS CORDELIA’S TOMB


‘Cordelia wife of William Whewell DD Master of Trinity College
died December 18 1855 aged [52] years’

‘EVERINA FRANCES wife of William Whewell DD Master of Trinity College
died April 1 1865 aged 58 years’

Cordelia Whewell  (née Marshall) (2 June 1803 – 18 December 1855)

Cordial was born in Leeds, Yorkshire and baptised there on 26 August 1803.  She was one of eleven children born to  John (1765-1845)  and Jane (née Polland). John Marshall was an industrialist who bought the patent for a flax spinning machine. He built a number of cotton spinning mills, served as an M.P.  and retired to live at Hallsteads, near Watermillock, Ullswater. Cordelia’s parents were friends of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, and the Wordsworths visited the Marshalls at Hallsteads. She married William Whewell (1794-1866) on 12 October 1841 at Watermillock when she was 38 years old. William was an academic and was made Master of Trinity College within days of the pair marrying.  They lived at the College and in 1851 were being looked after by 9 servants. Cornelia died  at the Master’s Lodge ‘after a long illness borne in Christian patience and hope’. Her funeral was held on 24 December and ‘was intended to be strictly private, and none but the nearest relatives, the officiating clergy and medical attendant were expected to attend’  but despite this ‘several Masters and Fellows (anxious to show their respect) were also in attendance at the Chapel and followed in private carriages to the Ceremony’.

Everina Frances Whewell, Dowager Lady Affleck (née Ellis)(4 December 1806 – 1 April 1865)

Everina was born in Bath and baptised at St. Swithin’s Church, Walcot on 27 December 1806. She was the daughter of Francis (1772-1842) and Mary (née Kilbee)(1781-) and grew up on the Royal Crescent in Bath. She married Gilbert Affleck (1804-1854) on 20 December 1834 and they lived at Bank House, Calverley Park in Tonbridge Wells.  In 1851 Gilbert succeeded his father as 5th Baronet Affleck of Dalham Hall, Suffolk, but he died in Tonbridge Wells in November 1854 and was buried at the family ancestral seat.

Everina married widow William Whewell on 1 July 1858 at St. George’s Church, Hanover Square, London. She died at the Master’s Lodge after having ‘been in a declining state of health for several weeks and the result was not unexpected’. Reports in newspapers said ‘her liberality to the poor was boundless, but ever free from the slighted approach to ostentation; and her amiable qualities and courtesy won the high esteem and admiration of all with whom she came into contact’. The first part of the service was held at Trinity College chapel, followed by a private burial at Mill Road Cemetery. Nevertheless there were a large number of mourners at the Cemetery who came to pay respect. ‘The outer coffin was of oak covered with black cloth, and bore the arms of the deceased on a large brass inscription plate, impaled with those of the Master’.

For further information about this family see William Whewell Life Story page



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Information added by Claire Martinsen


Cordelia Whewell; Everina Frances Whewell