CFHS code : AL30

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of father CARTWRIGHT PINNEY 1904 mother SUSAN PINNEY 1930

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.204178, 0.13766371 – click here for location

Pinney family headstones March 2018


The photograph shows the foremost of the two family monuments. The inscription is still visible though many of the letters are missing.


In Loving Memory of father CARTWRIGHT PINNEY 1904

Mother SUSAN PINNEY 1930

Tobias Cartwright Pinney  (1845 – 26 August 1904)

Born Tobias Cartwright, he was known as Cartright through his life. Cartwright was the son of Tobias  and Sarah Pinney and brother of  Thompson.  Cartwright’s father Tobias Cartright Pinney (1804-1846) was an artist and the family lived at Brunswick Walk.  Tobias died in September 1846 of kidney disease and a trial resulted whereby Sarah Pinney blamed doctor Mr Southee of having mistreated her husband. The verdict from the trial was that ‘the death…was caused by internal diseases which we are unable clearly to assertain, and in returning this verdict the jury cannot but express their great disappointment at the want of attention and kindness on the part of his medical attendant’.

Aged 5 (1851) Cartwright was living with his mother and siblings at 36 Gold Street, and Sarah was receiving parish relief.  Aged 15 he was still living at Gold Street and working as a ‘shopman’.  He married Susan Peters in 1866 when he was 21 years old and the couple had twelve children: Harriet Annie (1870-1950), Clara Annie (1873-1934), George Ernest (1876-1920), Thomas Cartwright (1878-1961), Florence Mary (1880-), Ruth Lilian Cartwright (1886-1951), Leonora Frances (Nora) (1890-1976) and a further five children who died as infants.  Cartwright worked as a labourer in an iron works after his marriage (1871) and later as a smith and boiler maker (1891/1901).  The family lived at 31 York Street from at least 1891 onwards and Cartwright died at home aged 59 years old.

Susan Pinney (née Pinney) (1848 – 1930)

Susan was born in Fen Ditton and was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Peters.  Her father worked as an agricultural labourer and she married Cartwright Pinney when she was c.18 years old.  After she was widowed she continued to live at York Street, and in 1911 was there with daughter Nora and taking in washing at home.  She died in early 1930 aged 83 years old.

Susan and Cartwright’s son George died in a work related accident on 1 July 1920. He was a fitter at the Atlas Stone Company’s Works on Coldhams Lane and died when a hyraulic lift which he was repairing fell on him.  The inquest was widely reported in the newspapers of the time.  George had eight children with wife Annie Maria (née Hutton) and Annie had died in 1912.  The eight orphaned children ranged in ages from 9 to 29, and probably Susan would have had some involvement with their care from 1920 onwards.



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Tobias Cartwright Pinney; Susan Pinney