CFHS code : ML26

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : IHS MARY ANN PREST d Oct 13 1866 aged [ ] EDWARD BRENT PREST d 1903 aged []8 MARGARET ANNE PELHAM PREST wife of the above d Dec 10 1910 aged 71

Monument : Stone cross (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202799, 0.13781706 – click here for location

Prest monument 2016


Located three rows east of the centre circle next to the small plinth marking their daughter Mary’s grave. Very little of the inscription is now legible. The cross is missing.


IHS MARY ANN PREST d Oct 13 1866 aged 78

EDWARD BRENT PREST d 1903 aged []8

MARGARET ANNE PELHAM PREST wife of the above d Dec 10 1910 aged 71

Mary Ann Prest (c1788 – 1866)

Mary was the mother of Edward Brent Press. She was born in Somerset. She and Samuel raised two sons: Edward and his younger brother William Pitt, at Stapleford Lodge in Stapleford, Cambridgeshire.
Her husband Samuel died in 1846 and is buried in the parish churchyard of Mary the Less in the centre of Cambridge.  He died in Park Terrace. No monument has been found for him. After his death Mary Ann moved to Scroope Terrace.

Edward Brent Prest 1862 by Camille Silvy.
CC National Portrait Gallery

Edward Brent Prest (4 January 1830 – 1903)

Edward was the son of Samuel and Mary Ann Prest. He was born in Stapleford, Cambridgeshire and educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, being admitted as a pensioner to the latter on 23 February 1848.  He matriculated at Michaelmas 1848, gained his BA in 1852 and MA in 1855.  He won a Cricket Blue in 1850 and throughout the 50s played for the university, town and Marylebone cricket clubs.
In 1861 he was living with his widowed mother at 6 Scroope Terrace, Trumpington Street.

On 14 January 1851 he was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn and called to the Bar on 26 January 1855.

He married Margaret Anne Pelham Papillon on 20 February 1862 in Crowhurst, Sussex..
Edward died on 8 June 1903 at 18 Chesterton Road, Cambridge. His death was mentioned in the local newspaper where they commented on his love of cricket. “until his fatal illness he never missed a match at Fenner’s.”

Margaret Anne Pellum Prest 1862. By Camille Silvy. CC National Portrait Gallery

Margaret Anne Pelham Prest (née Papillon) (c1839 – 1910)

Margaret was born in Barham, Kent She was the daughter of Thomas and Frances Papillon. Thomas and Frances were descendants of the Pellham / Papillon families of Crowhurst Park*

Margaret and Edward had six children: Frances M (1863); Edward  Papillon (1863); Mary (1865); Florence Emily (1868) ; Samuel Brent (1870); Marjorie (1872) and William (1879).

Their first child, Frances, was born in Paddington after which they moved to Cambridge and lived on Trumpington Street. By 1870 they had moved to 9 Scroope Terrace with a parlourmaid, nursemaid, cook and nurse.

By 1891 the family had moved to Chesterton.

Margaret died at Bridge House Great Shelford.

Edward became a major in the army and by 1911 was chief constable of West Suffolk, living in Bury St Edmunds.
Florence – in the 1901 census Florence is listed as a weaver. She died in 1976 at St Leonard’s on Sea, Sussex, aged 106.
Marjory became a blouse maker.
William was an articled clerk to a solicitor in 1901 he was also a cricketer.
Samuel may have emigrated to Canada when he was 19.

[If you have any further information about this family, please contact us at]

CFHS parish and census records
The Gazette 1925
British Newspaper Archive CIP June 19 1903
National Portrait Gallery images
Edward Brent Prest
Margaret Anne Pelham Prest

Wikipedia – Edward Brent Prest

 by Mary Naylor 

Edward Brent Prest; Margaret Anne Pelham Prest; Mary Ann Prest