CFHS code : MC19

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : In Loving Memory of Dear Father CHARLES FLACK BANHAM d May 24 1901 aged 56 also our dearly beloved mother LOUISA KENT BANHAM d January 20th 1932 aged 87 also FLORENCE SOPHIA BALL d Jan 2nd 1947 aged 72

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202635, 0.13795552 – click here for location

Banham and Ball grave
Banham and Ball monument


This fallen headstone with kerb stones is located roughly ten rows to the east of the centre circle and three monuments south of the west east path. The metal letters were still intact in 2014.


In Loving Memory of Dear Father CHARLES FLACK BANHAM who died May 24 1901 aged 56 years

Also our dearly beloved mother LOUISA KENT BANHAM who passed to rest  January 20th 1932 aged 87 years

Also FLORENCE SOPHIA BALL died Jan 2nd 1947 aged 72 years

Charles Flack Banham (26 September 1844 – 24 May 1901)

Charles Flack Banham was the youngest child of Charles Banham and Sarah Sole Banham.   He was born 26 September 1844 in Cambridge, and was raised at 37 Green Street where his father was a master shoemaker. He married Louisa Kent Baker in July 1868. They had seven children: Archibald (1871-1883), Jessie Louisa (1872-1956), Florence Sophia (1874-1947), Helena Elizabeth (1875-1963), Herbert Charles (1877 -1953), Harold Baker (1881-1961) and another child who died in infancy.  The family lived at 113 Chesterton Road, where Charles Flack followed his father by becoming a master shoemaker.  He died 24 May 1901 whilst living at 32 Glisson Road, by which time he was a retired shoemaker.  He left effects valued at £2,950.

 Louisa Kent Banham (nee Baker) (1845 – 20 January 1932)
Louisa Kent Banham was born in 1845.  She grew up in her parents millinery business in Fitzroy Street, and was a milliner when she married Charles Flack in 1868.  She was 87 when she died in January 1932, by which time she was living at Engelwood House, Maids Causeway.  She left effects valued at £984

Florence Sophia Ball (nee Banham) (1874 – 2 January 1947)
Florence Sophia Ball was the daughter of Charles and Louisa.   She was born in 1874, and lived with her parents until they both died, when she continued to live at Engelwood House, Maids Causeway by herself. She married at the age of 68 to Alfred Thomas Ball, but died in January 1947 aged 72.  The records show that she died at the University Boat House.

Charles and  Louisa’s two youngest sons Herbert Charles (otherwise known as Bert) and Harold Baker (otherwise known as Alf) initially followed their father into the shoemaking business, but  soon diversified to become boat yard owners and marine engineers. They built a large and successful business building river cruisers and rowing sculls as well as hiring boats for the holiday market.  Many of the sculls that they built are still held by UK rowing clubs where they are prized as vintage classics.


by Claire Martinsen

Florence Sophia Ball; Charles Flack Banham; Louisa Kent Banham