CFHS code : AL123

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of a beloved mother MARY wife of T S MORTLOCK d May 31 1864 aged 48 also of WILLIAM HENRY son of the above who was drowned off Cape Morgan Nov 22 1862 aged 21 also of the above named THOMAS S MORTLOCK d [February] 17 1873 also of ELIZABETH SARAH MORTLOCK daughter of the above d June 13 1906 aged 67

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Mortlock grave
Mortlock headstone



Mary Mortlock (née Headley)  (1815 – 31 May 1864)

Mary was the daughter of Robert and Sarah Headley and was baptised on 8 October 1815 at St. Mary the Great Church.  She married Thomas Mortlock on 28 November 1837  at Holy Trinity Churchand they had at least four children: Elizabeth Sara (1839-1906), William Henry (1840-1862), John (1842-) and Jane (1844-). Thomas was a farm bailiff and they lived in Wimpole (1841), before moving to Kings Lynn where he was briefly a goods manager for Great Eastern Railway (1851). In 1861 Mary was living in Clare, with her two daughters and all three were running Merton Lodge establishment for young ladies. The school advertised itself as combining ‘modern education with sound religious principles’. Mary died at Merton Lodge, and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 4 June.

William Henry Mortlock (8 December 1840 – 22 November 1862)

William was born in Thriplow and joined the navy as an apprentice c.1856. He qualified as a Second Mate on 17 October 1861 and drowned off Cape Morgan, South Africa aged 21.

Thomas Samuel  Mortlock (19 March 1817 – 17 February 1873)

Thomas was born in Meldreth, the youngest son of William and Elizabeth. He was baptised in Meldreth on 16 April 1817 and married Mary Headley when he was 20 years old. Although he worked briefly for the railway he was a farm bailiff for most of his life. In 1861 whilst his wife and daughters were living at Merton Lodge, he was foreman of Swansley Farm, Caxton. He had retired by 1871 and died in Clare aged 55 years old. His funeral was held on 22 February.

Elizabeth Sarah Mortlock (1839 – 13 June 1906)

Elizabeth was born in Thriplow and baptised in Meldreth on 25 June.  She worked as a governess/school teacher and in 1861 she was living at Merton Lodge School, Clare, where she taught with her mother and sister Jane. She ran Merton Lodge until 1866, but then ran  Bracklyn Grove School, Nethergate Street, Clare. In 1871 there  were 14 boarders, three servants and a total of four teachers. By 1881 she was living in Lambeth with her cousins William and Frederick Mortlock and died in Haverhill, Suffolk aged 67 years old. She was buried with her parents on 18 June.



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Elizabeth Sarah Mortlock; Mary Mortlock; Thomas Samuel Mortlock; William Henry Mortlock