CFHS code : AS179

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of SOPHIA PALMER d Dec [23] 1860 age 75 also of CHARLES MATTHEW PALMER her son d June 8 1859 age 44 also of MARY WING her sister d Aug 10 1862 age 86

Monument : Stone cross/Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Sophia Palmer (née Chisholm) (c.1876 – 23 December 1860)

Sophia was born in Cambridge and married William Palmer on 10 July 1804 at St. Mary the Great Church.  They had at least four children: William Henry (1812-), Charles Matthew (1815-1859), William Henry (1816-1842) and Mary Ann (1821-1874).  By 1841 she was widowed and living in Green Street with her son William who ran a small private school.  She later became a college servant, and continued to live at Green Street (1851) and died aged 74 years old.  Her daughter Mary took over the running of the Hoop Hotel, Bridge Street in 1854 and it is believed Sophia may have moved to live there.

Her death was announced in the Cambridge Independent Press ‘at Cambridge, on the 23rd inst., much respected, in the 75th year of her age, Sophia, relict of the late Mr. W. Palmer, formerly of Green-street, and mother of Miss Palmer of the Hoop Hotel’.

Sophia’s grandson Edward Henry Palmer  (son of William Henry Palmer) was murdered in Egypt.  His remains were buried at St. Paul’s Cathedral and more of his extraordinary life can be read here.

Charles Matthew Palmer (1814 – 8 June 1859)

Charles was baptised on 21 February 1814 at St. Mary the Great Church and married Sarah Bidwell (1814-) on 31 December 1835 at All Saints’ Church. He worked as a tailor and the couple settled to live in Green Street, near his brother William.  They had at least two children: William Henry (1839-1907) and Frederick Bidwell (1840-1919). He died in 1859.

Mary Wing (née Chisholm) (c.1777 – 10 August 1862)

Mary married William Wing (1774-1814) at St. Edward’s Church on 3 March 1795.  William was from Meldreth  and  they had at least four children: Charlotte (1795-1843), Harriet (1799-), Susannah Sophia (1803-1822) and a son. William ran the Old Bell pub in the village and after his death in c.1814  Mary took over the business.

In May 1822 Mary took Augusta Paul Jenkins to court for ‘seduction of her daughter’ Susannah.  Augusta was a surgeon and apothecary who had come to the Wing household to treat Mary’s son.  Whilst there he had seduced Susannah and persuaded her of his intention to marry her.  At the start of 1821 Susannah became pregnant and Augusta then reneged on his promise.  Susannah appeared as a witness at the trial and it was said ‘she appeared to be helpless and was evidently in the last stage of a decline.  She was carried by her brother and placed supported by pillows in the seat of the crier and was throughout attended by her brother who administered various restoratives to sustain her through her examinations’.  Augusta was eventually found guilty and had to pay £150 to the Wing family. Susannah died in July 1822 aged 19 years old.

In December 1822 Mary was made insolvent and she died the Hoop Hotel aged 85 years old.



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Charles Matthew Palmer; Sophia Palmer; Mary Wing