CFHS code : BE46

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : top illegible also In Loving Memory of HENRY PEGG father of the above d May 4 1887 age 69 also ELIZABETH SARAH PEGG b Nov 25 —- d May 12 1917

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Footstone (broken)

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in 2019.


The visible headstone of this family pair (the other being hidden in bushes to the right) located midway between the central path and the west path. The top has broken off and the  inscription is badly eroded. Both monuments are covered by ivy and bramble for most of the year.


top missing

Also In Loving Memory of HENRY PEGG father of the above d May 4 1887 age 69

Also ELIZABETH SARAH PEGG b Nov 25 —- d [May] 12 [1907]

Henry Pegg  (c 1819  – 1887)

Henry was born in Gamlingay c1819, He was the son of a draper named William and became a butler at St Peter’s College, Cambridge but also ran a brewery. He married Sarah Elizabeth Newman on August 3rd 1848 at St Andrew’s Church, Cherry Hinton (a village just outside Cambridge). Initially living at 2 St Mary’s Lane, the family then moved to 33 Sun Street, Cambridge, where they were able to keep a cook, housemaid and nurse. The couple had at least ten children:  Lucy Martha ( 1850), Ellen Foster (1852 -1863), Mary Elizabeth (1854), Isabella (1856-1856), Henry Foster (1857), Fanny Maria (1860-1870) Jessie (1863), William Edward (b 1865), Frederick J (1867) and Charles Burrell (1870-1871)
At some point in the 1850’s  Henry leased a brewery on Newmarket Road and by 1871 was a master brewer employing 3 men . The brewery also known as the Seven Sister’s Brewery was supposedly the site of the first balloon ascent from Cambridge, It took place in 1829 by the famous balloonist Charles Green, this was quite a long time before Henry was there.

Henry died at Benet’s House, which stood in front of the brewery, on Newmarket Road.

Elizabeth Sarah Pegg née Newman (c 1826 – 1917)

Elizabeth was left well provided for by Henry and in 1891 was living with her son Frederick, a theology student, at 23 Newmarket Road. By 1911 she was living with her son William and his family.

Elizabeth died at Benet House, Newmarket Road aged 91.

The name or names that are illegible on the top of the headstone may have been any or all of the children who died.  They are all buried in this parish.

Isabella buried August 28th 1856 died aged 4 days
Ellen Foster buried June 6th 1863 aged 11
Fanny Maria buried September 17th 1870
Charles Burrell buried August 8th 1871 aged 11 months

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CFHS parish & census records
Cambridge Breweries R. J. Flood

Elizabeth Sarah Pegg; Henry Pegg