CFHS code : AG76

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of HENRY JAMES CHURCH d Feb 3 1912 ELLEN ROSA CHURCH b 1842 d 1933

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202599, 0.13697325 – click here for location


On the southern boundary of the parish 10 rows from the central path.

Baker and Church monument January 2019


east face
In Loving Memory of HENRY JAMES CHURCH
died February 3rd 1912.

born 1842 died 1933

north face
Sarah Baker died April 16th 1878<

Relationships: -Husband and wife and wife’s mother

Sarah Jane Baker (née Adams) (c 1805 – 1878)

Sarah was born at Banbury Oxfordshire. She married glazier Samuel Baker in the early 1840s. In 1851 the family are living with their daughter Ellen and Sarah’s widowed mother Sarah at Hope Cottage, West Back St Olney. They had oneservant.

Sarah was living in Downing Street when she died.

Henry James Church (1835 – 1912)  

Henry was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire. He trained as a druggist and by 1861 was in the employ of Henry Baly who had a chemist shop in the Market Place St Albans.

Henry married Ellen Baker in 1866. Banns were read at the Church of Andrew the Great, Cambridge  on June 17th.

In 1871 they were living at 18/19 St Andrew’s Street. Henry was a chemist and this was also the site of a his chemist’s shop. Living with the family was Frank Thompson a 16 year old apprentice and two servants. By 1881 there were two assistants working in the shop, and living with the family, as well as 2 servants.

The couple had three children: Edward H (b 1867), Ellen Mary (b 1869) and Frank P (b 1875). Edward went on to work with his father in the shop and Frank became a solicitor. Ellen Mary married Arthur Augustus Walker.

Whether the marriage of Henry and Rosa was a happy one or not we will never know, but on the 1911 census Henry wrote Very Much Married under the heading for that condition! Which suggests a certain sense of humour on Henry’s part. By this time he had retired and was living with Ellen at 1 Lynewoode Road. Also in the house were Christine Farren, a nurse/lady companion, a cook and a housemaid. Henry died here a year later at the age of 76. Ellen lived on in the house for a further 21 years.

Ellen Rosa Church (1842-1933) 

Ellen was born in Olney Buckinghamshire, to Samuel & Sarah Baker. She married Henry Church on June 20th 1866, in Olney.

Ellen lived till she was 90.

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