CFHS code : PL573a

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of RICHARD BAKER d May 18 1860 age 60 also of HANNAH LOOKER sister of the above d July 9 1895 CAROLINE her daughter d June 14 1896

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202481, 0.1360456 – click here for location

The headstone has suffered some erosion at the base.
Baker and Looker headstone


This headstone, in the parish area of St Paul, has suffered some erosion at the base.


‘Sacred to the Memory of Richard Baker who died May 18. 1860. age 60 years.

Also of Hannah Looker sister of the above died July 9 1895

Caroline her daughter died June 14 1896’

Richard Baker (c.1800 – 18 May 1860)

Richard was born in Comberton, just outside Cambridge.  He married Elizabeth Martin at Comberton on 20 May 1823.  They had at least one son: Richard (1827-).  Very little is known of his life after this point.  By the time he died in May 1860 he was living at 11 Panton Street.  His probate records show that he left an estate valued at c£5,000 and had previously lived at Barton, Cambridgeshire.

Hannah Looker (née Dale) (c.1807 – 9 July 1895) 

Hannah was born in Barton and married William Looker (1801-) in Comberton on 16 October 1825.  Her name on the marriage documentation was Hannah Dale, so it is not known on which side she was related to Richard Baker.  She might have been a widow when she married (unlikely as she was only 18 years old) or she might have been a half-sister of Richard.

Hannah and William at least one daughter: Caroline (1833-1896).  Hannah was a widow by 1851 and was living with Caroline on Swaine Street in Comberton.  She then moved to live at 11 Panton Street after Richard’s death and was there in 1861 with two lodgers and a house servant.  She was still living at Panton Street in 1891, but died at 16 Bateman Street aged 88.

Caroline Looker (c.1833 – 14 June 1896)

Caroline was born in Comberton and baptised there on 7 April 1833. She had an illegitimate daughter called Alice (1860-) who was baptised in Comberton on 1 July 1860. By the age of 28 Caroline was living at  West Wickham Court Farm in West Wickham, Kent where she was governess to the Churcher family.  Her daughter Alice was left in Comberton and was boarding with the Brown family at that point.

Caroline returned to Cambridge and lived at 11 Panton Street with her mother and Alice and continued to work as a governess. She died at Bateman Street aged  less than a year after her mother.



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Richard Baker; Caroline Looker; Hannah Looker