CFHS code : ML84

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : ELIZA  beloved wife of THOMAS ALLEN 6 Sept 1816 d Mar 15 1882 THOMAS ALLEN b Jan 10 1805 d Jan 21 1892

Monument : Headstone/Chest tomb with panelled sides

Above amended information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202663, 0.1373715 – click here for location

Allen grave
Allen monument


This cruciform chest tomb is located in the southern section of the centre circle which belongs to the parish of Mary the Less. The inscription which is along the side panels is not easy to read.


ELIZA  beloved wife of THOMAS ALLEN 6 Sept 1816 d Mar 15 1882

THOMAS ALLEN b Jan 10 1805 d Jan 21 1892

Eliza Allen (née Buck) (6 September 1816 – 15 March 1882)

Eliza grew up on Little St. Mary’s Lane and was the only daughter of college servant Philip Buck and Elizabeth (née Smith). She was baptised at St. Mary the Less church on 22 September 1816 and married Thomas Allen at the same church on 23 September 1847. The couple lived at 7 Fitzwilliam Street and are not believed to have had any children.  Thomas worked as a solicitor’s managing clerk and Eliza died at home aged 65 years old.

Thomas Allen (10 January 1805 – 21 January 1892)

Thomas was baptised on 3 February 1805 and was the son of tailor Michael John Allen and Sarah (née Harrison). He grew up at Little St. Mary’s Lane (until c.1835) and then 3 Fitzwilliam Street.  In 1841 he was documented as being a law stationer and was living with his parents.  Thomas worked as a manging clerk for Christopher Pemberton,  a local solicitor and his successors, who were clerks of the peace for Cambridge.

Thomas represented the East Barnwell ward on the Town Council for over 21 years and also sat on the Board of Guardians.  He died at Fitzwilliam Street aged 87 years old and the Cambridge Independent Press printed a short obituary which read ‘he had been ill for some time past, and had entirely lost his sight. For many years Mr. Allen represented East Barnwell Ward in the Liberal interest, and was an active member of various local societies….Mr Allen retired some ten years since from the profession in which he was very highly respected by all with whom he was brought in contact’.



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Eliza Allen; Thomas Allen