CFHS code : HT451

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : scroll In Loving Memory of WILLIAM TOOKE d April 5 1912 aged 84 also ISABELLA TOOKE d April 1 1924 aged 88 kerbs also AMY E BARRY daughter of W TOOKE d Feb 22nd 1932 aged 73 also MARY J TOOKE d Nov 1st 1935 aged 75

Monument : S/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey


the monument in June 2020.

This scroll set within kerbstones in the parish of Holy Trinity is located about 8 rows west of the east path on the bend in the south east corner of the cemetery. It is hidden under bushes. One kerb has fallen and some of the metal letters are missing from the scroll.


In Loving Memory of WILLIAM TOOKE who departed this life April 5 1912 aged 84 years
“Peace Perfect Peace”

Also ISABELLA TOOKE died April 1. 1924 aged 88 years.
“At Rest”

also AMY E BARRY daughter of W TOOKE died Feb 22nd 1932 aged 73 years

Also MARY J TOOKE passed away Nov 1st 1935 aged 75 years

William Tooke (c.1828 – 5 April 1912)

William was born in Pulham St. Mary in Norfolk and was the son of labourer James Tooke. Aged 23  William was working as a domestic servant for William Leigh, the Rector of Pulham St. Mary and married Harriet Terrington (1821-1875) on 9 July 1857 in Attleborough. They started married life in Frostenden in Suffolk where he worked as a domestic coachman, before moving to Meltham Mills, near Holmfirth, Yorkshire in late 1861. The couple had at least three daughters: Amy Elizabeth, Mary Jane and Furmage Lilian (1861-1957).  He was widowed in December 1875 and married for a second time to Isabella Pringle in 1877.  They moved to Hatfield, Hertfordshire (1881) and Bayford, Hertfordshire (1891) before moving to Cambridge by at least 1901.  They lived at 4 Hobart Road and William was described as a retired coachman/groom on census returns. It is thought they might have moved to Cambridge to be close to daughters Mary and Furmage. Furmage lived next door to William and Isabella at 2 Hobart Road with her husband George Le Grys.   William Tooke died at home in April 1912.

Isabella Tooke (née Pringle)  (19 May 1835 – 1 April 1924)

Isabella was the daughter of Alexander and Catherine (née Robertson) and was born in Scotland. Her father was a market gardener and in 1861 Isabella was working as a cook in Edinburgh. She later moved to Meltham Mills to work for retired cotton manufacturer/farmer James Carlisle, which is probably where she met her husband. She died in Cambridge aged 88 years old.

Amy Elizabeth  Barry (née Tooke) (1858 – 22 February 1932)

Amy was born in Frostenden, a village near Wrentham, near to the Suffolk coastline and baptised there on 13 July 1858. In 1891 she was working as a domestic servant in Tunbridge Wells, and in 1901 was head matron of a girl’s orphanage/training school for domestic servants, which was also in Tunbridge Wells.  Amy married Edward James Barry (1850-1911) in Cambridge in 1902 and the went to live in Eastbourne where Edward was a carpenter in a boys boarding school (1911). After she was widowed in the summer of 1911 she returned to live at 4 Hobart Road  with sister Mary and died aged 73 years.

Mary Jane Tooke (1860 – 1 November 1935)

Mary was also born in Frostenden and in 1901 was living at the Master’s Lodge of Queen’s College where she was cook.  She later became the housekeeper for the Bishop of Ely and lived at the Palace, Ely (1911) before retiring to live at 4 Hobart Road and then Ramleh, Cherry Hinton Road after the death of Amy.  Mary died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital aged 75 years old.



by Claire Martinsen

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Amy Elizabeth Barry; Isabella Tooke; Mary Jane Tooke; William Tooke