CFHS code : PL340

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of DINAH wife of HENRY CHANDLER of this town who after years of affliction departed this life 19th Febry 1880 aged 68 also of the above HENRY CHANDLER d Augst 22 1892 aged 78 also of their son WILSON JOHN CHANDLER d March 4th 1933 aged 79

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Dinah Chandler (née Cash) (1813 – 19 February 1880)

Dinah was born in Lakenheath and was baptised there on 1 July 1813. She was the daughter of George and Sarah and married Henry Chandler in 1843. Henry was a grocer/baker and they had at least five children: Henry (1845-1886), Harriett (1847-1925), Amelia ( Millie) (1849-1908), Sarah Martha (1851-1936) and Wilson John (1854-1933). The family lived at 9 Burleigh Street (1851/1861) and then moved to 12 Bateman Street, when Henry became a dairyman (1871). Dinah died at Bateman Street aged 67 years old and her funeral took place on 25 February.

Henry Chandler (1814 –  22 August 1892)

Henry was born in Thurston, Suffolk and baptised there on 22 April 1814.  He was the son of John and Martha (née Wilson). 

In September 1871 Henry was charged with ‘having a cow on Downing College grounds infected with the foot and mouth disease’.  The court heard that two of his cows were showing signs of the disease, one of them badly.  The bench told him that ‘it was a most serious matter; as this was his first offence, he would be fined 20s, and expenses, in all £3, 5s, 6d’.

In July 1880 10 year old Alfred Bonnett, of Sparrow’s Lane was charged with stealing a hen’s egg from Henry. The boy pleaded guilty and was ordered to be detained in custody.  In August 1886 another boy named Harry Pitts was charged with killing one of Henry’s chickens.  Over the preceeding three months 13 of Henry’s chilckens had been killed by boys, and he had caught Harry Pitts in the act.  Harry’s father admitted that his son had committed the offence and promised to punish him.  The Pitts family were fined 2s, 6d for the cost of the chicken and costs.

Henry Candler died at St. Neots at the home of his daughter Harriett and son in law George Flawn. He was 77 years old and his funeral took place in Cambridge on 25 August.

Wilson John (John) Chandler (1854 – 4 March 1933)

John was the youngest son of Henry and Dinah and worked as a carpenter/joiner. In March 1878 he was charged with the manslaughter of Joseph Leach aged 72, as a result of an incident which took place whilst both men were working on a new building at Pembroke College. The inquest heard that John was ‘in the habit of chaffing and swearing’ and he had sworn at the old man. Joseph had then taken hold of John’s coat and they ‘scuffled together and threw each other down’. The two men fought on the floor for about 30 seconds and then both got up, with John Chandler rising first.  The incident took place at 9.30 in the morning and the men continued to work together until Joseph left to go home at 4pm. He did not return to work the following day and died a few days later. George Wallis, the doctor who attended him found that he had broken three ribs on each side of his body and that two rib cartilages had also been broken’.  The doctor told the inquest that in his opinion ‘death was caused by the broken ribs and bronchitis’ and that the fracture of the ribs accelerated death.  John was aquitted of the charge on 27 March 1878.

He lived with his parents and then  lodged at 39 Sturton Street (1881), 26 Gloucester Place (1891) and the Cross Keys, Saxon Street (1911). From 1931 onwards he lived at 75 Fitzroy Street and died there aged 79 years old.



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Dinah Chandler; Henry Chandler; Wilson John Chandler