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This monument stands against the west wall, in the parish area of St Paul. Row 1 grave 18
‘In Loving Memory of
Annie Elizabeth the beloved wife of George Apthorpe
Wallis Villa Station Rd died Dec 16th 1900 aged 76 years.
Come here Jesus
Also of George Apthorpe who died Nov 7th 1908 aged 81 years.’
“Well done good and faithful servant
enter thou into the joy of thy Lord”
Annie Elizabeth Apthorpe (nee Slack) (20 June 1823 – 16 December 1900)
Annie was baptised Ann Elizabeth on 20th July 1823 at Soham, but appears to have been known as Annie through her life. She was the daughter of John and Sarah Slack. By the age of 17, she was living with her widowed mother on the High Street of Soham. She married grocer George Apthorpe in Newmarket in the summer of 1851. They do not appear to have had any children.
They initially ran a shop at 7 Sussex Street (1861), but then moved to 1 Market Street (1871/1881). In 1881 however Annie was staying at Wallis Villa, 26 Station Road with her elder brother John William Slack (1811-1887). John was a property owner, and on the 1881 census his income was said to derive from land and houses. By 1891 both Annie and George were living at Wallis Villa and George was described as a retired grocer. They were living there with a cook and domestic servant.
She died in December 1900 and her death was announced on 18th December in the Cambridge Daily News: ‘Death of Mrs G. Apthorpe – It is with a feeling of deep regret that we announce the death which took place on Sunday of Mrs Apthorpe, the wife of Mr George Apthorpe of Wallis Villa, Station Road. Mrs Apthorpe had borne a long and painful illness, extending over several years with great fortitude. Formerly she took a deep interest in all the good works which her husband has been associated in Cambridge and the district, and herself headed a large Mothers’ Meeting in connection with the Mill Road Baptist Chapel’. The funeral report in the Cambridge Independent Press of 28th December reported ‘a simple yet impressive service was first conducted by the Rev. Charles Joseph in St Andrew’s Street Chapel after which the body was interred at Mill-road Cemetery. The various bodies with which Mrs Apthorpe had been connected were full represented…Floral tributes were sent by old members of the Mill-road Mission and the members of the Village Preachers Association of which Mr G. Apthorpe is president’.
George Apthorpe (c.1827 – 7 November 1908)
George was the son of property owner James Apthorpe (1780-1851). In 1951 he was living at Brunswick Place with his father and brother John. After the death of Annie he continued to live at Wallis Villa, and died there aged 81 years old.
George was a prominent member of the Baptist church in the city, and was president of the Village Preachers Assocation which provided Baptist preachers for the benefit of the community. He was also instrumental in the founding of a Baptist Chapel in Swaffham Prior. He was the guest of honour at the Good Friday service at Swaffham Prior in 1900, which upwards of 200 people attended including ‘quite a large number of people journeyed from Cambridge and received a warm welcome on their arrival’. At the service, he recalled preaching at Reach Chapel in 1859, and he had been asked to come to Swaffham Prior and also preach. He had been unable to find anyone who would open their home for a non-conformist service, so had found a barn instead. Shortly after funds had been raised to build a permanent chapel, of which George Apthorpe was said to have inspired.
by Claire Martinsen
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