CFHS code : BE127

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : side 1 In Loving Memory of CLARA ANN BARKER d Dec 26 1897 age 71 also of CHARLES HENRY BARKER d Apr 6 1914 age 83 side 2: ILMO / ADA ELIZABETH / BARKER / d Jan 8 1945

Monument : Column

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

This monument was restored in 2016
Barker monument December 2016


Located on the east of the western path, in the parish area of St Bene’t, opposite the listed monuments of James Rattee and Moyes, this monument was restored in December 2016. The decorative features can only been seen when close to the monument.


west face
In Loving Memory of CLARA ANN BARKER
Who entered into rest December 26th 1897
In the 72nd year of her age

Who passed away April 6 1914 in his 84th year.

“At Rest”

“With the Lord”

south face
Who was called to rest January 8 1945  aged 80 years
“Glorious things are spoken of thee.
O city of God.”

Relationships – Husband, wife and daughter.

The Soda Water company known as Barker’s eventually sold all its equipment to Baldry’s Soft Drinks of Gold Street.

Clara Ann Barker (née Wood) (1826 – 26 December 1897)

Clara was born in Brighton and was baptised there on 30 June 1826.  She was the daughter of George and Eliza Sophia Wood and the niece of Sophia Burch who ran a soda water company in Collier Road, Cambridge. She married Charles Barker on November 5th 1850 in Cambridge. They had at least eight children:  Alfred  William (1851-) Fredrick Charles(1852-1934), Thomas Burch Edwin (1854-1934),  Ada Sophia Elizabeth (1856-1856), Henry Horatio (1859-1860),  Henry Horatio (1862-1865)  Ada Sophia Elizabeth (1864-1945) and Bertie Percival Charles (1876-1876)

The family lived at 2 Petersfield and Charles eventually took over the mineral water company from Sophia.  In 1871 he was employing 2 men in the business. Clara died aged  71 years old.

These stone ginger beer jars were seen at Stradsett Park vintage rally in 2019.

Charles Henry Barker  (1831 – 6 April 1914)

Charles was born in Waterbeach in 1831 and is believed to have been the son of William and Mary (née Coulson) Barker. He worked for, and lodged with, Sophia Burch at 2 Petersfield Cambridge before marrying her niece.

After the death of Clara Charles remained at the family home with his daughter Ada and died aged  83 years old. His obituary in the Cambridge Independent Press noted that he had been associated with the mineral water business for almost seventy years –  ‘the state of his health had rendered it impossible for him for some years past to take any active part in the business, which has been managed since his retirement by his son, Mr Thomas B. Barker’.  They  also said that he had never played a prominent role in municipal or political matters but ‘with his departure is severed one more link between the Cambridge of to-day and the Cambridge which is fading into the memories of the past’.

Charles left an estate valued at £12,030 8s and 6d (c£1.3m at 2019 values).  He left the family home and £200 to Ada, the goodwill of the mineral water company and his share in it to his son Thomas, £100 to his brother William, £100 to his housekeeper Priscilla Green and the residue to be equally split between his children.

Ada Sophia Elizabeth Barker (1864 – 8 January 1945)

Ada was the daughter of Clara & Charles.  She was born and   brought up at 2 Petersfield and became a music teacher.  She lived at the same house her entire life, and did not marry.  She died at home aged 80 years old.

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Ada Elizabeth Barker; Charles Henry Barker; Clara Ann Barker