Dr M M Gilchrist

Headstone of the family of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Boddy


Headstone – Boddy Family

Catalogue ID: 652


Headstone with horizontal full-thickness break across upper third, commemorating the family of Nathaniel Boddy, a victualler at the South End (Battle's Directory, 1791), who by 1803 (Clayton's Directory) had established himself as a gentleman in West Street, where he died. The inscription names Elizabeth, née Fox (1744-94), son William (1777-88) and Nathaniel himself (1739-1813), and also six children who died in infancy. He and Elizabeth had married on 8 December 1771 at Holy Trinity, but William had been baptised at Fish Street Chapel. The other children buried at Holy Trinity include:

  • Mary (1774)
  • Francis (1775)
  • Elizabeth (1777)
  • Sarah/Sally (1779-80)

All were baptised at Fish Street. It is possible that the other two children were stillborn or did not live long enough to be named.

Inscription and donor(s)

In Memory of

ELIZABETH the Wife of
who died the 1:st of Dec:r 1794
aged 50 Years.

Also W:M BODDY their Son
who died the 19:th of April 1788
aged 10 Years.

Also Six Children who died
In their Infancy.

who departed this Life March
the 16:th 1813 Aged 74 Years.


Forename(s) Family name Dates
Elizabeth Boddy (née Fox) 1794
William Best Boddy 1788
Nathaniel Boddy 1813
Mary Boddy 1774
Francis Boddy 1775
Elizabeth Boddy 1777
Sarah (Sally) Boddy 1780

Physical attributes & manufacture



South Choir Yard
Burial ground on S side of Nave, between 1st & 2nd bays E of S Porch (Barton, 1860)


November 2022

The stone is complete, but not intact, with a horizontal break about a third of the way from the top, with damage to the inscription for William. Otherwise, the inscription is legible. it is possible this is old damage, as Barton did not record the part of the inscription referring to Nathaniel.


J Barton, Monumental Inscription in Holy Trinity Churchyard (1860), published as Holy Trinity (Churchyard only) Monumental Inscriptions, EYFHS (2005), no. 769.


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