CFHS code : PL1

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : Treasured Memories of WILLIAM CROWE b August 22nd 1778 d November 25th 1862 Sacred to the Memory of ELIZA CROWE b August 22nd 1784 d September 4th 1886

Monument : Plinth (Listed Monument)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

William and Eliza Crowe plinth


This well-preserved granite tomb, which probably has substantial footings and perhaps a vault beneath, consists of a large, three-ledged sarcophagus supported on four legs, standing on a moulded stone base with a cross on top. There are two inscriptions on opposite sides of the sarcophagus – one to William Crowe and the other to Eliza Crowe.


‘Sacred to the memory of William Crowe
Born August 22 1778 Died Nov 25 1852’

‘Sacred to the memory of Eliza Crowe
Born August 22 1784 Died September 4 1856’

William Crowe (22 August 1778 – 25 November 1852)

William was born in Horsham in Norfolk.  Little is known of his life,  but he was living in Cambridge at least by 1828.    He lived at Gonville House, Hills Road for many years with his wife Eliza and at least two domestic servants.  On Directory records he is referred to as ‘gentleman’, but on the 1851 census when he was 73 years old he was described as a brick merchant. He died at Gonville House aged 74 years old.

Eliza Crowe (22 August 1784 – 4 September 1856)

Eliza was William’s wife and was born in Great Maston in Buckinghamshire.   Her maiden name is believed to have been Cusford.  She was widowed aged 68, and died herself at Gonville House.



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Eliza Crowe; William Crowe