CFHS code : MC49

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : side 1 Sacred to the Memory of CHARLES GOLLAND BARNES d Jan 17 1856 aged 21 side 2 In Memory of DELIA BARNES d June 15 1870 aged 65

Monument : Plinth & Urn

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202664, 0.13783984 – click here for location

Barnes damaged monument April 2016
Barnes damaged monument April 2016
Monument after restoration


This monument is located to the south of the path running from the centre circle to the east path, in the parish area of St Michael. The inscription has become badly eroded. The restoration, in November 2016, was funded jointly by the City Council and FOMRC.


west face

‘Sacred to the Memory of CHARLES GOLLAND BARNES
Who departed this life Jan 17 1856 aged 21 years’

north face

‘In Memory of DELIA BARNES died June 15 1870 aged 65 years’

Charles Golland Barnes (22 May 1834 – 17 January 1856)

Charles was the eldest son of Charles and Delia Barnes.  He was born in Burnham-on-Crouch and baptised there on 12 July 1834.  He was also baptised at St. Michael’s Church, Cambridge on 18 June 1835.  He grew up in Burnham-on-Crouch (1851) and the family later moved to Cambridge. He died at 34 Trinity Street aged 21 years old.  The newspaper announcements of his death said he was ‘greatly loved by all who knew him’.

Delia Barnes (née Golland) (c.1803 – 15 June 1870)

Delia was the daughter of John and Alice (née Lewis) Golland, and her father had a hosiery shop on Trinity Street.  She was baptised at All Saint’s Church on 19 April 1803.  Her father died in January 1807 and her mother then married William Warwicker (1790-1863). Delia married Charles Barnes on 20 August 1833 at St. Michael’s Church, Cambridge.  Charles was from Burnham-on Crouch and Delia’s older brother Thomas had married Charles’ sister Mary Ann Barnes in Burnham the previous summer.  The couple had at least three children: Charles Golland, Louisa Eliza (1836-1912) and William (1840-1895).  Charles Barnes was a draper, and he had a shop at Burnham but by at least 1856 had moved to Cambridge.  Delia’s brother Thomas was a draper and had died in 1850, and her mother in 1853 so maybe this is what sparked the move to Cambridge.  In 1861 the family were living at 34 Trinity Street with servant Emma Beales and Charles was described as a robemaker.  They did not remain in Cambridge however and Delia died in London – although it says 65 years on the grave monument, she was actually 67 years old.  She was buried in Southwark on 21 June and is remembered at Mill Road Cemetery.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Charles Golland Barnes; Delia Barnes