CFHS code : PL199

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of FRANCIS DE LISLE d 30 July 1889 age 45 and of his wife ELIZABETH d Oct 21 1930 age 82

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

De Lisle monument January 2018


This broken cross is close to the lodge 2 rows north of the south path and 2 rows east of the west path. The inscription of metal letters is mostly intact.


east face
In Loving Memory of FRANCIS DE LISLE died 30 July 1889 aged 45

north face
And of his wife ELIZABETH died Oct. 21st 1930 aged 82

The stone masons were Dunkley of London (left of front kerb)

Francis De Lisle (c 1844 – 1889)

Francis De Lisle

Francis  was born in Ireland and was the third son of solicitor Francis (1811-1896) and his English wife Mary (née Higgins) (1821-1869).  It is not known when Francis arrived in Cambridge but he was working as a publisher  when he married Elizabeth Whitmore on January 5th 1869 at the church of St Andrew the Great.
They had three children: Florence Elizabeth (1870-1954), Francis Rouget (1874-1940) and Frederick Vincent (1876-1929). Francis worked as a wine merchant – possibly in his father in law’s wine busness. In 1871 the family were living at 15 Trumpington Street but by at least 1874 they had moved to 57 Bateman Street, Cambridge . At some point Francis became ill, as when the census of  1881 was taken he was documented as being an invalid.  At the time he and Elizabeth were staying in Great Malvern along with her parents George and Mary Whitmore. The children were with their maternal aunt Rosa in Trumpington, Cambridgeshire.  Perhaps they had gone to Malvern in the hope that Francis could convalesce and recover.  When Francis died in 1889 he was living at 4 Salisbury Villas, Cambridge, which was the home of his father-in- law George.

Elizabeth De Lisle (née Whitmore) (6/4/1848 – 21 October 1930)

Elizabeth de Lisle

Elizabeth was born in Salle, Norfolk the daughter of George and Mary (née Austin) Whitmore. She was baptised in Salle on 26 November 1848   By 1861 however the family had moved to live at 13 Downing Street, Cambridge where George was a wine merchant employing 5 people.  After being widowed she lived at Salisbury Villas until after her father’s death and then moved to 28 Glisson Road (1911) with her daughter Florence.  Elizabeth died at Glisson Road aged 82 years old.

Elizabeth’s brother George Frederick Whitmore is also buried in Mill Road Cemetery.


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Elizabeth De Lisle; Francis De Lisle