CFHS code : PL368

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Remembrance of WILLIAM COLLINS d 15 Oct 1867 aged 22 also MARY COLLINS mother of the above d 19 Nov 1906 aged 90 reverse In Loving Memory of HENRY NORTON Mch 24 1930 age 86 also JANE NORTON d Aug 17 1930

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Norton grave
This is the side that faced west
This Inscription would have been facing east before the stone fell.
This inscription would have faced east before the stone fell


This monument, in the parish area of St Paul, is located three rows from the central path. It was under review for restoration in 2016. Unfortunately the stonemason was unable to restore the headstone as it had become too degraded. However, he turned the stone over revealing the inscription on the other side.


east face

In Loving Remembrance of WILLIAM COLLINS
Who departed this life Oct. 15 1867 aged 22 years

2 lines illegible

Also  of MARY COLLINS mother of the above
died Nov 19 1906 aged 90 years

west face

In Loving Memory of HENRY NORTON
Mch 24 1930 age 86 years

Also JANE NORTON died Aug 17 1930

William Collins (1845 – 15 October  1867)

William was the eldest son of Horatio and Mary Collins and lived at Annesley Place where his father was a butcher (1851). He then lived at 5 Princes Street and aged 15 was working as an errand boy (1861). He died at home aged 22 years old.

Mary Collins (née Stanyon) (1816 – 19 November 1906)

Mary was born in Hamerton, nine miles north west of Huntingdon. She married Horatio Collins in Huntingdon in 1842 and they had at least five children: Ann (1843-1928), William (1845-1867), Jane (1848-1930), Alfred (1852-) and Horatio ( unknown to 1846). In 1861 she was working as a charwoman and living at Princes Street with her children, and although marked as being married, Horatio was not at the house when the census was taken. She then lived at Princes Street with daughter Ann and son in law Frederick Searle Fuller and was a widow by 1871. Frederick Fuller then went to run the Medland Tavern, Devonshire Road and in 1881 Mary was living with the family and working as a cook. Frederick Fuller died in 1882 and Mary then lived with her daughter Ann at 74 Kingston Street (1891/1901). She died at 17 Willis Road.

Henry Norton (1844 – 24 March 1930)

Henry was the son of William and Anne Norton, and was born in White Colne, just east of Halstead in Essex. He was baptised in White Colne on 21 January 1844. His father was a tailor and by 1851 the family were living in Alphamstone, three miles south of Sudbury, Suffolk. Henry worked for the railway and in 1861 was living on North Gate Road, Bury St. Edmunds with his brother Jeramiah Norton. He married Mary Ann Reach (1846-1872) in Bury St Edmunds in 1865 and they had at least two children: Edward William (1867-1955) and Maud Alice (1872-1872). Their son was born in Bury, but they had moved to live at 2 Caius Street by 1871. Mary Norton died age 29 years old, six weeks after giving birth to their baby Maud Alice, and mother and child were buried in a double funeral on 13 August 1872 at Mill Road Cemetery [their grave has not yet been identified].

Henry married for a second time in 1877 to Jane Collins. They had one son: Ernest Alfred (1878-) and lived at 32 Kingston Street.  Henry worked as a railway guard for Great Eastern Railway. He died at Kingston Street aged 86 years old and his funeral took place on 27 March 1930.

Jane Norton (1848 – 17  August 1930)

Jane was baptised on 1 August 1852 at St. Paul’s Church and in 1871 was living with her mother at 5 Princes Street and working as a servant. She died a few months after her husband Henry, also at 32 Kingston Street.



Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Mary Collins; William Collins; Henry Norton; Jane Norton