CFHS code : PL409

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : headstone In Loving Memory of HENRY IMPEY d Aug 27 1907 age 62 HENRY ARTHUR IMPEY son of the above d September 23rd 1896 aged 9 also MARY ANN IMPEY d [November 17] 1937 aged 90

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Footstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in February 2021.


This headstone is hidden in a bush of ivy 9 rows west of the central path on the northern boundary of the parish. Very little can be read of the inscription.


In Loving Memory of HENRY IMPEY d Aug 27 1907 age 62

HENRY ARTHUR IMPEY son of the above d September 23rd 1896 aged 9

Also MARY ANN IMPEY d [November 17] 1937 aged 90

Henry Impey (1844 – 27 August  1907)

Henry was born in Foxton and baptised there on 22 December 1844. He was the son of Nathan and Eliza Impey and grew up in Foxton where his father was an agricultural labourer. Aged 17 Henry was also working as a labourer. He married Isabella Mary Hodson(1845-1878)  in 1870 and they had at least two daughters: Eliza Jane (1872-1966) and Isabella Mary (1876-1957). Henry worked as a gardener and they lived in Chrishall Grange, where both daughters were born. Isabella died in Chishall Grange in 1878 and he returned to live in Foxton, working as a gardener for Major Mattison(1881).

He married for a second time on Christmas Day 1885 at St. Andrew’s Church, Holborn to Mary Ann Looker.  They lived on the High Street in Foxton and had one son: Henry Arthur (1887-1896). By 1894 the family had moved to 17 Bentinck Street, and Henry worked as a gardener’s foreman.  On 1st January 1894 Henry was found drunk in Downing Street and charged.  At court he pleaded guilty and said ‘being New Year’s Day, he had too much to drink’. He was fined 2s and 6d.  He died at Bentinck Street aged 62 years old and his funeral took place on 30 August.

Henry Arthur Impey (1887 – 23 September 1896)

Henry was born in Foxton.  The Cambridge Independent Press reported that on Christmas Day 1892 he had had an accident. He had fallen on the doorstep and landed on the scraper, causing a three to four inch wound along the side of his face and head. The local doctor was called who said that if the wound had been any longer, he was certain Henry would have died. The newspaper reported ‘as it is we are pleased to know that the little fellow is progressing’.  Henry died at Bentinck Street aged 9 years old.

Mary Ann Impey (née Looker) (1847 – 17 November 1937)

Mary was also born in Foxton and baptised there on 5 March 1848.  She was the daughter of  groom Abraham  Looker and Rebecca (née Wright) and grew up on Foxton Street.  In 1871 she was working as a domestic servant at 30 Belsize Square.  In 1881 she was working as  cook for solicitor George Johnson and his family in St. Pancras, London, before marrying widow Henry Impey in 1885. Mary died at the Fulbourn Hospital aged 90 years old.



Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Henry Impey; Henry Arthur Impey; Mary Ann Impey