CFHS code : AG366

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : Treasured Memories of WILLIAM LUSHER d Sep 8 1865 in his 23rd year also MARY ANN CONSTABLE wife of CHARLES CONSTABLE d Feb 16 1928 aged 73 also EDWARD FREDERICK LOFTS CONSTABLE d Dec 18 1933 aged 67

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.2028, 0.13630969 – click here for location

Lusher and Constable headstone in 2016.


Located three rows west of the west path. Behind and slightly to the right of the bench.  This headstone is one 3 family monuments which cover four plots in which the sexton recorded 9 burials.  
This headstone is often hidden under brambles but the carved inscription is legible


Treasured Memories of WILLIAM LUSHER
who died Sep 8 1865 in his 23rd year

Who died Feb 16th 1925 aged 73 years

Who died Dec 18th 1933 aged 67 years

Relationships : Mary Ann was the sister in law of William Lusher through her marriage to Amelia’s brother Charles Constable.
Edward was Mary Ann’s son.

Related monuments – AG363  Amelia’s sister and AG365 Amelia’s parents and other siblings

William Lusher (c 1837 – 1865).      The headstone should read ‘in his 30th year” 

William was the son of William (a builder and town councillor), and his wife Mary Ann née Coulson 18 .. -1849). He was brought up at 5 Fair St (1841) and Willow Walk (1851). His mother died in 1849 and in 1851 a 13 year old William was living with his father at 17 Willow walk – and his sister Sarah Bulman at the Pickerel Inn, Magdalen St. (sometimes the head of the family would record a person who was normally living at home even if they were away on the night of the census) His father died in 1855. In 1861 William was again residing at the Pickerel Inn although his sister Sarah had died 4 years before and William Bullen had married Susan Constable. Susan was the sister of Amelia.  
William would eventually marry Amelia Constable, on December 8th 1863,  He  had just taken over a  grocers shop at 15 Petty Cury where he was known chiefly as a tea dealer. The following year he was briefly  declared bankrupt. Maybe it was the stress of the business that led to his death from consumption a year later.
He died in Clarendon Street aged 29. The announcement in the paper said he was well respected and also commented that he had out lived all his siblings. Amelia remarried in 1870 in Ecclesall to James Kent. In the 1871 census she was with her brother Charles at 8 Petty Cury. By 1881  she and James had moved to  Ecclesall Bierlow in Yorkshire, where James was ran a brewery. 
Siblings of William Lusher
Sarah (1826 – 1858) – married William Bullen of the Pickerel Inn, Elizabeth (1828 – 1850) – diot marry, Thomas (1830 – 1834 ), Mary (1832 – 1832 ), Robert – (1832 – 1822), Emma (1835 – 1857) – married George Scales, Jane (1840 – 1863) married James Benton 
Wiliam Lusher Snr was a member if the Cambridge Association for the prosecution of Felons* . He may have been a non conformist as he is buried in Histon Road cemetery with his wife Mary Ann & daughters Emma & Elizabeth (Eiza)

Mary Ann Constable (née Lofts) (1846 – 1925) The headstone seems to give the wrong age at death as the burial register and civil register give the age as 79.
On all census records Mary Ann’s  birthplace is given as  Newmarket but we did not find a baptism.  In 1851 a 5 year old Mary Ann Lofts was living in Woolpit (30 miles from Newmarket) with her parents William and Elizabeth and 4 siblings – one of whom is named Amelia, a significant name in the Constable Family.  In 1861 Mary Ann was working as a housemaid at the Bird Bolt Inn*2, 30 St Andrew’s Street. Also there was a cook named Elizabeth Thurbon and In the 1871 census Elizabeth Thurbon was with her father on Histon Road and visiting them was Mary Ann with her 5 year old son  Frederick and baby Amelia. In 1881 Mary Ann was living in Portland Place with 5 children  – Edward Frederick Lofts (1866) Amelia Catherine (1870), Florence Adelaide Lofts (1874 ), Charles Montague Lofts (1873) and Frank Gilbert Lofts (1884). At this time she was working as a seamstress.
We cannot be sure who the father(s) of these children was but they were all born in Cambridge. Florence and Charles were baptised at St Paul’s Church where Mary Ann was listed as a single woman.  But when Frank was baptised at the age of 13 Charles was named as the father.
Mary Ann Lofts married hatter Charles Constable in Ecclesall Bierlow, in 1888  (This was where Charle’s sister Amelia was now living)  It is possible that he and Mary Ann had had a relationship for a number of years and been unable to marry. Certainly they did not marry until after the death of Charles’ parents.
In 1891 the whole family were living at 14 Hertford Street, Cambridge, and the census form states clearly that they are the “Wife’s” children. In 1901 they were listed as  stepchildren, but by the time the children married they had all taken the surname Constable and named Charles as their father on the church marriage register. Charles Montague passed the surname down to his children as Lofts – Constable.
Mary died at the family home in Hertford Street, her funeral took place at St Luke’s church before being interred in the family plot with her husband.

Edward Frederick Lofts Constable (c1866 – 1933)

Edward was born in Cambridge to Mary Ann Lofts. We have not found a baptism for him but as an adult he took the name of his “stepfather”. (see above)
Edward died in Addenbrookes hospital. Previously he had been living with his parents and working as a commercial clerk. The funeral service took place in his parish church, St Lukes.

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Edward Frederick Lofts Constable; Mary Ann Constable; William Lusher