The Friends of St. Peter's Berkhamsted

Friends of St Peter's, Great Berkhamsted

Henry Unwin (1800 – 1870) and Ann Unwin (1803 – 1886) and Ann (1839 – 1873)

Grave Number 82

Henry Unwin 14th October 1800 – 23rd September 1870. Ann Susanna his wife 11th September 1803 – 6th March 1886. Ann only child of above 13th July 1839 – 10th January 1873

Henry Unwin was born in 1811 in Stoke Newington. He married Ann Susanna Collier on13th September 1838 at Berkhamsted.  In 1841, they were living at Liverpool Terrace, Finsbury, Islington with two servants. This was where their daughter Ann was born. By 1851, they had moved to Berkhamsted, Ann’s birthplace, and were living in one of the fine Georgian terraced houses at the bottom of Rectory Lane, again with 2 servants. Henry bought houses as well as working as a stockbroker.

When Henry died ‘at his residence, Great Berkhamsted…. in his 70th year’, he left an estate with effects worth. under £5,000.

His wife outlived him by 16 years. Her funeral took place on the 11th March 1885, ‘the Rector (the Rev. A. Johnson) officiating. At the service in the church a portion of the choir attended, and the hymn “Now the labourer’s task is o’er” was sung, and the “Dead March” was played by the organist…..Choice floral wreaths were placed upon the coffin …The deceased lady was the last of the Collier family, and was highly respected.’ (Hertford Mercury and Reformer – 20th March 1886). Her father, William Collier was a local surgeon. Her sister Mary married Henry Hugh Hilder, MRCS (see 84).

Ann Unwin (1839-1873) was described as their ‘much loved and only child’.

The memorial was covered in ivy and the chain fencing was in poor condition. Occupying a key corner position, it was felt this memorial by  Berkhamsted stone mason G. Lingard deserved to be better presented.  This is one of the 19 memorials which was restored in 2018.



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