CFHS code : ED135

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of CATHERINE BISHOP widow of MULLINER BISHOP d [31] April [1853] aged 76 also of WILLIAM BISHOP brother of the above MULLINER BISHOP d 6th March —- aged 83 also of CATHERINE ELIZABETH BISHOP daughter of remainder illegible

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203254, 0.13652176 – click here for location

Bishop headstone


This sandstone headstone, partly eroded, in the parish area of St Edward (Sexton row I, grave 3), is located to the left of the western path beyond the path to the centre circle (going northwards), against the west boundary wall. (According to the sexton’s book, Catherine is buried 10 feet deep, William 9, and Elizabeth 8. It also states: “This vault [is] not [as] close to the above [Roe/Ray, ED 132] as it ought to be.”)


Sacred to the memory of Catherine Bishop
widow of Mulliner Bishop
died 31 April 1855 / aged 76 years

Also of William Bishop
brother of the above Mulliner Bishop
died 6th March [1866] aged 83 years

Also of Catherine Elizabeth —- Bishop daughter of [remainder illegible]

Catharine Bishop (nee Folkard) (19 September 1778 – April 1855)

Catharine was born in Ipswich, and was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Folkard.  She married Mulliner Bishop on 11th August 1800 at St Mary the Great Church in Cambridge when she was 21 years old.  Mulliner was a tailor and draper, with a store on Trumpington Street,

Catharine and Mulliner had at least three children: Catherine Elizabeth (1803-1871), Robert (1804-1827) and Anna Maria (1808-1880). Mulliner died in 1817 when he was 46 years old.  Her son Robert died ten years later aged 22 years old.

In 1851 Catherine was recorded as living on Wheeler Street with her two daughters, her sister Salome and a domestic servant. She died in April 1855 aged 76 years old.

William Bishop (c.1783‒ 6 March 1866)

William was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Bishop, and the brother of Mulliner Bishop.  He ran a tailors and drapers with his brothers Mulliner and Robert.  Mulliner died in 1817, and Robert in 1819, so he was left to run the business alone.

He was mayor of Cambridge from 1844-1845. He lived at 58 Regent Street and may have married as one census return records him as a widower.  No records of a marriage can be found.  He died a wealthy man in 1866 aged 82 years old leaving effects valued at under £14,000.

Catherine Elizabeth  Bishop (c.1804‒20 June 1871)

Catherine was the daughter of Mulliner and Catharine Bishop.  In 1851 she is recorded as living on Wheeler Street with her mother, sister and aunt and working as a Governess. She never married and died in Norwich aged 67 years old. She left effects valued at under £4,000.

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By Ian Bent and Claire Martinsen

Catherine Bishop; Catherine Elizabeth Bishop; William Bishop