CFHS code : BE97b

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Loving Remembrance of LOUISA the beloved wife of JOHN DOWLING d May 23 1896 aged 68 also of JOHN DOWLING husband of the above d Sept 16 1908 aged 89

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The rear of the headstone in July 2021.
The east face of the headstone.

Monument

This headstone is hidden under trees & bushes 5 rows east of the west path in the parish of St Bene’t. The inscription seems to be legible and decorative feature of trailing ivy round the top of the headstone, though warn, is in reasonable condition.

Inscription We are unable to check the inscription as the headstone faces into bushes.

In Loving Remembrance of LOUISA the beloved wife of JOHN DOWLING d May 23 1896 aged 68

Also of JOHN DOWLING husband of the above d Sept 16 1908 aged 89

Louisa Dowling née Brett (c.1827 – 23 May 1896)

Louisa was born in Cambridge to Francis and  Sarah Brett. She grew up in Old Cross Keys Yard Magdelen St. Francis was a shoemaker. She married John Downing on January 8th 1846, at St Giles’s church, when she was 19 years old..  She and John had at least seven children: Louisa (b 1847), Martha (b 1850), Lydia Anna (1854-1943), Sarah (b 1857), Fanny (b 1860), Jane (b 1862) and Edmund John (1864-1946).

John worked as a joiner/carpenter and the family lived at 40 Hyde Park Corner, (at the junction of Hills Road and Regent Street).  Louisa also worked as a dressmaker in later life.  She died in 1896 aged 68 years old.

John Dowling (c.1819- 16 September 1908)

John was the son of Matthew and Sally Dowling. He was baptised at St Mary the Great on 27th June 1819. He married Louisa and had seven children.  In April 1856 he was imprisoned for three months for receiving stolen goods.  He continued to live at Hyde Park Corner after her death in 1896. He died aged 89 years old in 1908.

related monument – Louisa’s nephew Will Addison is buried in the parish of St Michael.

Source:
Ancestry
CFHS transcripts of parish records

by Claire Martinsen

John Dowling; Louisa Dowling