CFHS code : PL102

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : ITSMO WILLIAM AMPS MA St Peters College Cambridge b 18 December 1824 d 20 May 1910

Monument : Celtic cross (broken)

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



William Amps (18 December 1824 – 20 May 1910)

William was born on 18 December 1824 in Cambridge and was the son of John and Lydia and brother of John. He was baptised at Comberton on 24 July 1825, and grew up on Queen Street where his father was a master carpenter.  He was admitted as a pensioner to Peterhouse on 3 July 1852, gaining his BA in 1858 and MA in 1862.
For many years, William was the organist of the College, as well as serving in that role at both King’s College and Christs College. He was the conductor of the Cambridge University Musical Society for many years. He taught music and composed hymns – the most famous of which is ‘Venice’. He also composed sonatas (pianoforte) and part-songs.  William did not marry and lived with his parents at Queen Street (1841/1851) and then at 38 Panton Street (at least 1861 onwards).  He later worked as a relief volunteer organist at St. Paul’s Church.
William died on 20 May 1910 in Panton Street, Cambridge aged 85 years.  The Cambridge Independent Press reported his funeral saying ‘the venerable gentleman had  many old memories of Cambridge since the time when he was a choirboy under the Rev. Charles Sutton’.

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By Sheila Plaister with additional information by Claire Martinsen

William Amps