CFHS code : AL424

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY ANNE wife of HENRY CORAM d Dec 5th 1899 in the 59th year of her age

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in March 2021.


This headstone stands 4 row east of the central path and not far from the north path. The carved inscription is still legible in sunlight.


In Loving Memory of MARY ANNE wife of HENRY CORAM
Who  fell asleep Dec 5th 1899 in the 59th year of her age

Mary Anne Coram (1839 – 5 December 1899)

Mary was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and baptised there on 3 May 1839. She was the illegitimate daughter of Lucy Hurst and was raised by her grandparents –  shoemaker Christopher Hurst and his wife Ann. She trained as a school teacher and in 1871 was teaching in Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset. She married widower Henry Coram (1840-1921) in Newton Abbot, Devon on 4 September 1875.

Henry was headmaster of East Road School (a boys grammar school), and had held the position since 1863.  His first wife Angelina (née Edwards) (1841-1874) had died in August 1874. The couple lived at 3 School House Lane, East Road and Mary taught at the school alongside her husband. By 1893 the couple had moved to live at 5 Willis Road, where Mary died.

It is believed that she was 60 years old when she died, but the grave monument records her age as 58 years.

Henry continued to live at 5 Willis Road, with his sister acting as housekeeper, and retired in June 1905. He was presented with 25 guineas, which had been raised via subscription.  A framed photograph of Henry ‘would be placed in a prominent place on the walls of the school to bear witness to the 40 years during which he was Head Master of the school’.  He was highly respected and was described as a ‘friend, almost a father in recent years, to teachers in Cambridge…when teachers were in any difficultly they often turned to Mr. Coram for the solution to their difficulties’. Henry retired to live in Leytonstone with his three spinster sisters and died there in February 1921 aged 81 years old.



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Mary Anne Coram