Charles Arnold (c.1824‒73)

According to some records, Charles was born on 10 February 1822 in Cambridge, his father being James Arnold, coach builder; but his birth year is elsewhere variously given between 1820 and 1826.  Nothing is so far known of his childhood or schooling.  For the parish of St Benedict in Cambridge, the 1841 census lists a household comprising John Garner, baker, his wife, four children, and four “servants” ‒ one female and three male of whom one is a Charles Arnold, aged 15.  It is possible that Charles was serving his apprenticeship in the bakery business.

On 23 May 1847, Charles, “bachelor, baker, of Linton”, married Penelope Cream (signing herself “Crame”) aged 22, in Linton (village 12 miles southeast of Cambridge).  The witness was her sister Mary Ann Crame.  Charles had already made his first-class cricketing debut with the Cambridge Town Club in 1843, and was to pursue a career as a professional cricketer with that club and Cambridgeshire until 1857, and possibly as a cricket coach after that.

By 1851 the couple were living at 24 Melbourne Place, Cambridge (off Parkside); and by 1861 at 19 City Road (in the Kite area), and had Penelope’s 63-year-old widowed mother ‒ now named Rebecca Crame ‒ living with them.  There is no mention of children.  At the 1871 census Charles is recorded as living at 1 Abbey Street (in the New Street area of St Matthew’s, now entirely demolished), lodging at the home of Mary Johnson, laundress.

Charles died on 1 February 1873, aged 49, leaving effects of less that £100 to Penelope, his address at the time of death being cited in his probate document as 17 King Street (central Cambridge, house now demolished).  He was buried in the parish area of Holy Trinity in Mill Road Cemetery on 6 February.


Charles & Penelope
Arnold monument



Parish : Holy Trinity

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Charles Arnold