CFHS code : ML20

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : In Memory of LYDIA the beloved wife of DANIEL BARBER many years porter of St Peters College d Jan 4 1861 aged 69 DANIEL BARBER son of the above d Nov 26 1866 aged 38

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.2027467. 0.13778809 – click here for location

Barber grave
Barber headstone


This headstone, in the parish area of St Mary the Less, is located at the junction of the central path with the path leading to the east path. The inscription is badly eroded.

In Memory of LYDIA the beloved wife of DANIEL BARBER many years porter of St Peters College died Jan 4 1861 aged 69

DANIEL BARBER son of the above died Nov 26 1866

Lydia Barber (née Moule) (c.1791 – 4 January 1861)

Lydia was born in Cambridge, and is believed to have had the maiden name of Moule. She married Daniel Barber in 1823 in Dorset. They had three sons: Isaac (1823-1904), Daniel (1826-1827) and Daniel (1828-1866). Daniel was the Porter at St Peter’s College, and the family lived at St Mary’s Lane [1835], St Peter’s College (1841) and then at 20 Trumpington Street (1851). Lydia died in 1861 and newspapers of the time reported her death with the sentence ‘much respected by all who knew her’.

Daniel Barber (1828 – 26 November 1866)

Daniel was the third son of Lydia and Daniel Barber. He was baptised at St Mary the Less Church on 16th November 1828. In 1841 he was a student at William Johnson’s private school on Regent Street and living apart from his family. Aged 22 years old he was back living with his parents and brother Isaac at 20 Trumpington Street; he was working as an ironmongers clerk at this time.

He married Elizabeth Sarah Martin at Grantchester Church on 25th January 1853. They had one son: William James (1859-1940) and another child who died as an infant. Daniel died in 1866 aged 38 years old. Elizabeth Barber (1831 -1912) went on to run a Lodging House at 11 Tennis Court Road after being widowed. She did not marry again and died in Cambridge aged 80 years old.



Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Daniel Barber; Lydia Barber