CFHS code : PL115

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Memory of MARY wife of JOHN AMPS MA vicar of Ickleton d 16 Jan [1880] aged [56] also of Rev JOHN AMPS MA Emmanuel College 44 years vicar of Ickleton d 15 Oct 1908 aged 83

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Amps grave
Amps headstone


This headstone, which has weathered and been overgrown with lichen to the point at which its inscription is now illegible, is located in the parish area of St Paul.


[as recorded by the Cambridgeshire Family History Society:]

‘In memory of Mary
wife of John Amps MA vicar of Ickleton
died 16 Jan [1880] aged [56]’

‘also of Rev John Amps MA Emmanuel College
44 years vicar of Ickleton
died 15 Oct 1908 aged 83’

Mary Amps (née Patman)  (c.1823 – 16 January 1880)

Mary was the eldest daughter of William and Frances Patman and was baptised at St. Andrew the Great Church on 5 January 1823.  Her father ran the Wrestlers’ Arms Inn on Petty Cury for many years, and she then moved to live at 8 Annesley Place (1851) with her widowed father and siblings. She married Rev. John Amps at St. Paul’s Church on 31 August 1859.  The couple went to live at the Rectory at Great Wratting, where John was curate (1861) and then to the Vicarage at Ickleton in 1864.  The age on the grave monument states 56 years, but she was actually 57 years.

John Amps (18 December 1824 – 15 October 1908) – alumnus of Emmanuel College – see also Life Story page

John Amps was the son of John and Lydia and brother of William.  He was born in Comberton and baptised there on 12 July 1829. His family later moved to live at 9 Queen Street where his father was a master carpenter. John was admitted to Emmanuel College on 11 June 1847 and graduated BA (1852) and MA (1857). He was ordained deacon (1852) and priest (1854) in the diocese of Ely, becoming curate of St Peter’s, Drypool, Yorkshire (1853) and holding other curacies (1854–64). He married Mary Patman when he was 33 years old.

He was vicar of Ickleton, Cambridgeshire for 44 years (1864–1908) and died on 16 October 1908, aged 83. His estate at his death was worth £5,497 3s 9d and his brother William was the executor of the will.


Venn, Alumni Cantabrigiensis
college records
‘Parishes: Ickleton’, A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely, vol. 6 (1978), pp. 230-246
register of births, deaths and marriages; probate calendar of wills


Newspaper archives

By Amanda Goode, Archivist, Emmanuel College (with Ian Bent), additional information by Claire Martinsen

John Amps; Mary Amps