CFHS code : HT266

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of ALICE the beloved wife of JOHN WHYMAN d Dec 20 1864 aged 28 JOHN WHYMAN husband of the above d Aug 8 1908 aged 7[3 or 8]

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Alice Whyman (née Anniss) (1836 – 20 December 1864)

Alice was born in Ipswich and was the daughter of John Anniss (1811-1873) and Mary (née Middleton) (1906-1872). By 1851 they were living at Northampton Street where John ran a grocery/general store. Alice married John Whyman on 1 January 1861 at St. Giles’ Church and they had two daughters: Alice (1861-) and Mary Elizabeth (1864-1918). John was a cowkeeper and in 1861 they were living on the Histon Road, before moving to Magdalene Street.  Alice died aged 28 years old  most probalby as a result of complications in childbirth and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on Boxing Day 1864. Notices of her death in local newspapers read ‘suddenly, greatly respected and deeply lamented by her family and friends’.

John Whyman (1836 – 8 August  1908)

John was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth and grew up at The Three Tuns, Castle Street where his father was a publican and milkman. After Alice’s death he took over the running of The Three Tuns, as well as being a  cowkeeper (1881- at least 1901).

John had a field on the Huntingdon Road and in November 1883 Joseph Ellis was charged with setting fire to a stack of hay on the field.  Ellis went to the police station and said he wished to turn himself in and that ‘he had not done it out of ill will to anyone but from distress’. John Whyman said the value of the hay was £39.

In 1904 John gave up the tenancy of the The Three Tuns and the transfer of the licence to Mr A.J. Lyon was opposed by the Cambridge License Reform Committee. A hearing was held where John told the meeting that the pub had been held ‘by members of his family for two centuries’.  He said ‘his takings had averaged about £7 per week during the last six months he held the licence. He had never lost a shilling because he never trusted anyone. The rent he paid dwindled from £28 some years ago to £16 during the last year of his tenancy’. The Reform Committee objected as they felt that there were fifteen pubs and five beer houses within a 250 yard radius of The Three Tuns. The Bench decided to grant the transfer by unanimous verdict.

John went to live  at Benson Cottage, Benson Street where he died in 1908.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Alice Whyman; John Whyman