CFHS code : AG98

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MABEL JANE the dearly beloved wife of H S BALMER d Feb 21 1925

Monument : Stone cross/Coped stone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202812, 0.13711520

Balmer cross February 2019


Located to the south of the east west path, close to the centre circle. The monument has been restored at some point. Most of the lettering is intact.


0n the cross
“Blessed are the pure in Heart”

on the plinth
In Loving Memory of MABEL JANE.
The dearly beloved wife of H. S. BALMER.
Who died Feb. 21. 1925

Relationship: Sisters or cousins

Rita Mabel Jane Balmer  (née Doggett) (c 1869 – 1925)

Rita was the forename given in the burial record and grave register. She was born in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.

Rita married Harry Stephenson Balmer, in the registration district of Lewisham, in 1894. Harry worked for the railway. Rita died at 6 Regent Terrace aged 56. Harry died in Harrow in 1969 aged 96.

Naomi Balmer (née Doggett) (c 1877 -1959)

Naomi was born in Waterbeach. She was the daughter of William (a groom) and Emma Doggett. In 1891 she was working as a general servant in the Cook household in Malcolm Street, Cambridge. She married Harry S. Balmer in 1927 in Cambridge. She was  living at 1 St Andrew’s Street when she died aged 82. She was cremated and her ashes buried here.

CFHS burial and grave register transcripts

by Mary Naylor

Mabel Jane Balmer; Naomi Balmer