CFHS code : AS337

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELLEN ELIZA NELLIE the dearly loved wife of WARWICK FULLER d Nov 19 1888 age 26 In Loving Memory of of WARWICK FULLER third son of the late HENRY FULLER d May 2 1902 age 43

Monument : Column/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument in 2018.
The inscription on the west face.


This monument was damaged in 2019.


west face

In Loving Memory of ELLEN ELIZA NELLIE the dearly loved wife
of WARWICK FULLER Who died Nov 19 1888 age 26 years

“In my Father’s house are many mansions.
If it were not so I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.”

In Loving Memory of of WARWICK FULLER
third son of the late HENRY FULLER d May 2 1902 age 43

Ellen Eliza Nellie Fuller [nee Vail]  (1862 – 19 November 1888)

Ellen was born in Cambridge and was the eldest  daughter of William and Emma Vail.  She grew up initially at 6 Earl Street [1871] where her father was a whitesmith and bell hanger employing 6 men and 3 boys. Later the family moved to 24-26 Corn Exchange Street [1881] – her father by this time a  general smith employing 9 men, 2 boys, 2 apprentices and 1 labourer.

She married Warwick Fuller on 11th July 1888 at Great St Mary’s in Cambridge, but died a few months later at the age of 26 years old.

Warwick Fuller (1859 – 2 May 1902)

Warwick was the ninth child of the eleven born to Henry and Elizabeth Fuller – Henry was a baker, brewer and collector [sic].  Warwick was baptised on 15th May 1859 at All Saints Church. He grew up at 45 Sidney Street.

He married aged 29, but was widowed very quickly. It can be assumed that Warwick and Ellen lived at 45 Sidney Street, as record show that he was renting a bedroom and sitting room from his mother in 1888 for the rent of £20 pa.

In 1891 he was at 69 Rhadegund Terrace, and is shown as a visitor on the census records. He was working as a college cook.  On 18th December 1893 he married for a second time to Kate Hodson. He worked as an entree cook [sic] at Caius College until March 1900 – in this role he was second in command to his brother John Fuller who was cook at the college.  In March 1900 Warwick moved to Queens College as college cook.

Up until Warwick being appointed as college cook all the meat to Queens was supplied by Haslops of Silver Street.  When he started at Queens Warwick suggested splitting the meat between Haslops and George Clark Butchers.  This was done in early April 1900.

In November/December 1900 it was alleged that Warwick was supplied with meat for his personal consumption to the value of £2, 0s,  9d.  On 17th November he was advanced a £25 ‘loan’.  The value of both was apparently to be repaid by over charging Queens for their meat – it was alleged that his brother John had the same understanding at Caius.

The affair was investigated and was advancing to trial when Warwick committed suicide in May 1902.  His death made the national newspapers at the time.  Warwick seems to have been much distressed by the impending court trial where he was to be a witness. His brother Henry said at the inquest ‘He was then more fit to be taken care of than to be at large. He was simply wandering in his mind. The last two or three times appeared very much depressed, and thought [the police were] following him about, and that detectives were watching him wherever he went. …[he] met with a serious accident a few months ago, and he was beginning to pick up again. For years he has had family trouble. He was of very nervous temperament, and if he saw a mouse running across the room he would not attempt to kill it; he would run away from it’

Warwick’s housekeeper Cissy Potts also appeared at the inquest ‘ I have been keeping house for Mrs. Fuller, at Ornea House, Madingley Road, as a consequence of the illness of Mrs Fuller. Mr. Fuller for some time had been very worried since Mr. Clark was arrested, and he had been gradually getting worse every day. In consequence of being that restless and unsettled condition he had been attended by Dr, Rogers. He had been continually going down to college. I have taken him down, driven him down and brought him back. He thought he was going to be called as a witness in Mr. Clark’s case, and he said he could not bear it. Every day I saw he was getting worse. He had been very restless, but be stopped in bed the last two nights. He had been under observation. I hardly ever left him, unless he was in bed with Mrs. Fuller, and then I sat up until 12 o’clock, and looked in on him last thing. The last two or three nights I very much wanted to sit in the bedroom with him, but he would not not have me. On Friday morning, about [unreadable] o’clock, Mrs. Fuller rushed into my room said, ‘he has done it’.  She said he had gone downstairs to the lavatory. I ran down, and found nothing could be done. He  was dead. I sent for Dr. Rogers at once. There was a bread knife, which we never used. He would get that from a cupboard (the pantry), which he would have pass to go to the lavatory, unless he went through the greenhouse.  He would have to unlock two doors to get to the lavatory, which I fastened up myself at ten minutes to twelve the night before. He had been very restless on Thursday morning, and got up 5.30. As soon as he was out of bed Mrs Fuller called me, and I went down with him. I could not say what his intentions were. As soon as he got up, at half-past five. I followed him down. He had said several times it would be better to do away with himself. He said he could not be witness and give evidence, and it would be best to do away with himself. He had not, to knowledge, had notice from the college, and cannot say whether he had sent in his resignation; he did his work the same’

Warwick was interred at Mill Road Cemetery on 7th May 1902. The manner and timing of the funeral drew much comment in newspapers of the time ‘Many signs of respectful sympathy were manifested in Cambridge on Wednesday afternoon, when the mortal regains of the late Mr. Warwick Fuller were laid to rest. It was very apparent that it was not known to many people that the funeral was to take place on this particular afternoon, for when the cortege left the deceased’s residence, Ornee Cottage. Madingley road, there were very few lookers-on nor was the crowd at the Cemetery a large one. The sympathy and respect of the neighbours was shown by the blinds of their houses being drawn, while it was noticed that the same feature characterised many residences and shops route, especially in the vicinity of Queens’ College.  The journey to the place of interment. Mill-road Cemetery, was by way of the Backs of the Colleges, Silver-street, Trumpington-street, Lensfield Road, and Gonville-place. The cortege was late reaching the Cemetery, and Mr. John Fuller (brother of the deceased) arrived on foot quite half-an-hour before the hearse and mourning coaches made their approach. He was dressed in exactly the same manner as when in the dock at the Police Court in the morning. He wore grey trousers, a black overcoat and a bowler hat, and, as he usually does, carried a stick… During the ceremony Mr. John Fuller had been closely scrutinised by the majority of those present, but he bore it well, and it was not until leaving the graveside that he showed any signs of the grief he was, without a doubt, experiencing. Then he broke down.’

The resulting trial was a huge scandal involving many days of evidence and newspaper reporting – known at the time as the Cambridge Meat Trial.  With Warwick dead he could not appear as a witness as had been planned.  Both John Fuller and George Clark were acquitted by the jury.

Kate Fuller [1870-1945] moved to Takeley to live with her mother and brother. She died aged 75 years old in Bishops Stortford, and is buried in Takeley.

Warwick’s brother John – college cook at Caius was acquitted at the famous ‘Cambridge Meat Trial’, but moved away from the area soon after.  He died in Calgary, Alberta in 1924 at the age of 74 years old.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/Newspaper archives

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