CFHS code : AG12 This is the east face of a double sided headstone. The west face is coded AG40

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : JAMES SPICER BANYARD b March 23 1816 d August 27 1887 also of EDWARD BANYARD eldest son of the above b August 22nd 1847 d Nov 1st 1890 and of ANNE BANYARD his daughter b April 18th 1851 d August 26th 1892 and of CATHARINA BANYARD his wife b April 28th 1823 d December 1st 1893

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202639, 0.13720936 – click here for location

East face of headstone January 2019

Located four rows west of the central path and three  monuments to the south west of the centre circle.


JAMES SPICER BANYARD born March 23 1816 died August 27 1887

also of EDWARD BANYARD eldest son of the above born August 22nd 1847 died Nov 1st 1890

And of ANNE BANYARD his daughter born April 18th 1851 died August 26th 1892

And of CATHARINA BANYARD his wife born April 28th 1823 died December 1st 1893

south kerb

CATHERINE BANYARD awaiting site visit for full inscription.

Relationships Husband, wife son & daughters

James Spicer Banyard (23 March 1816 – 27 August 1887)

James was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire and was baptised at St. George the Martyr Church in Southwark on 31 August 1823.  He was the son of Edward Thomas Banyard and his wife Ann (née West). Edward Banyard was a heraldic painter and the family appear to have lived in London when James was a young boy. He married Catharina Hirst in Bury St Edmunds in 1846 and the couple had at least four children: Edward (1847-1890), Francis (1849-1910) and twins Annie (1851-1892) and Catherine (1851-1926).

James worked as a tobacco manufacturer and in 1851 the family were living at 94 Northgate Street.  By 1861 they had moved to live at 70 Bridge Street and James was employing 3 men in the business.  In 1881 he had moved  to live at 38 New Square.  He died at New Square aged 71 years old and the Cambridge Independent Press reported ‘by his death Cambridge loses one of its most useful and respected residents – a gentleman who was held in the highest esteem by everyone who knew him.  Mr Banyard was the oldest member of the Cambridge Board of Guardians. He had been a member of the board for upwards of thirty years, and held the responsible position of chairman for a long period’.

Edward Banyard (22 August 1847 – 1 November 1890)

Edward was the eldest son of James and Catherine and worked in the family tobacco business. He died of consumption at New Square aged 43 years old. and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 4 November.  The Cambridge Independent Press printed a short obituary which said he was a prominent member of the Order of Oddfellows, and treasurer of the Fitzwilliam Lodge. He was also ‘secretary of the Reform Club and was a member of the Liberal Three Hundred and of the Liberal Executive’.

Anne Banyard (Annie) (18 April 1851- 26 August 1892)

Annie was born in Bury St Edmunds and was baptised on the day she was born at St. John the Evangelist Church. Aged 20 (1871) she was living at home and working as a school teacher. In 1881 she was working in Bedford as a governess.  She had returned to live at New Square in 1891 and was living there with her mother and twin sister Catherine.  She died at New Square aged 41 years old.

Catharina Banyard  (née Hirst) (1823-1893)

(All census records record her name as Catherine, only her death records show her name as Catharina)

Catharina was born in Sharlston, a village four miles east of Wakefield, Yorkshire and is believed to have been the daughter of Thomas and Catherine Hirst.  Thomas was a farmer, and Catharina was baptised on 22 June at St Peter’s Church, Warmfield, Wakefield.  She married James Banyard when she was 23 years old and died at 43 New Square aged 70 years old.

Catherine Banyard (18 April 1851 – 26 January 1926)

Catherine was the twin sister of Annie and lived at home with her parents until their deaths.  In 1911 she was living at 50 Montague Road with domestic servant Mary Barton and was noted on the census as being of private means. By at least 1914 she had moved to 59 Carlyle Road and died there aged 74 years old.



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