CFHS code : AS131

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of the five persons named below who inhabiting the same house were all called hence within the short space of eleven months and who all departed in the enjoyment of a good hope that through grace they should inherit eternal live viz ANNE HIGNELL d March 11th 1858 aged 83 MARY ANN BARRETT her sister d July 6th 1857 aged 73 CAROLINE CLIFTON June 4th 1857 aged 40 EMMA BARRETT May 27th 1858 aged 36 two daughters of the latter ANN PIKE August 6th 1857 aged 20 their servant also In Memory of LYDIA TURNER d July 2nd 1862 aged 77

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203377, 0.13667401 – click here for location

The inscription is still legible but it is difficult to get close enough to read the lower section. Photo 2016
Headstone 2016

Monument

This headstone, in the parish area of All Saints, is located west of the western path almost hidden behind a yew tree. The inscription is still legible.

Inscription

Sacred to the Memory of the five persons named below who inhabiting the same house were all called hence within the short space of eleven months and who all departed in the enjoyment of a good hope that through grace they should inherit eternal live viz

‘ANNE HIGNELL who died March 11th 1858 aged 83 years
MARY ANN BARRETT her sister died July 6th 1857 aged 73 years
CAROLINE CLIFTON June 4th 1857 aged 40 years
EMMA BARRETT May 27th 1858 aged 36 years
two daughters of the latter
ANN PIKE died August 6th 1857 aged 20 their servant’
“The righteous have hope in His death” Prov 14.32

“Thanks be to God which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ”  1 Cor 15.57
Also In Memory of  LYDIA TURNER died July 2nd 1862 aged 77 years

Anne Hignell (née Martin) (c.1775 – 11 March 1858) 

Anne married Thomas Hignell at St Clements Church in Cambridge on 6th October 1811.  She may have been a widow when she married, possibly to a Mr Walker.  Thomas is believed to have been butler of St. John’s College.  They had at least four children: John [1815-1878], Thomas Walker [1815-1859], William [1817-1818] and Ann Elizabeth [1819-1887].  In the census of 1851 she was living at 32 Jesus Lane with her niece Emma Barrett, and was described as a ‘proprietor of houses’. She died at home in 1858 aged 83 years old.

Mary Ann Barrett  [nee Martin] (c.1784 –  6 July 1857)

Mary Ann married Thomas Barrett at St Sepulchre Church on 9th April 1805 when she was c.21 years old.  Thomas [1770-1828] was a book seller with a shop on Trinity Street.  They had at least  ten children: Thomas [1806-], Robert Martin [1811-], Mary Ann [1814-1814], John [1815-1815], Ann [1815-1881], Caroline [1816-1857], John Martin [1818-], Agnes [1820-], Emma [1822-1858] and Henry [1824-].

Thomas Barrett died on 12th January 1828, and Mary Ann was left a widow.  In 1841 she was living in Soham with her children Robert, Agnes and Emma.  Robert was working as a school master at this time.  By 1851 she had returned to live in Cambridge and was living at 15 Willow Walk with her daughter Caroline, three of her grandchildren and servant Sarah Porter.  In the census she is described as a ‘landed house proprietor’.  When she died aged 73 years old, she was living at 32 Jesus Lane.  After Mary Ann’s death her leasehold of 30 & 31 Trinity Street was sold at auction in August 1857. The Cambridge Independent Press announced the sale describing it as ‘extremely valuable business premises’.  The two shops were leased from Corpus Christi college for a ground rent of £40 per year.  In turn they were rented to Mrs Johnson [a bookseller at no.30] and Shallow & Mouel [robemakers at number 31] for a rent of £127.  It is thought these were the premises where Thomas Barrett had run his book shop from.  Trinity Street was described as ‘a very commanding and first rate situation for almost any business’.

Caroline Clifton [nee Barrett] (1816 – 4 June 1857)

Caroline was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Barrett.  She was baptised at St Michael’s Church on 3rd November 1816.  She married William Clifton [1811-1846] at All Saints Church.  William was a graduate of Queens College, and worked as a solicitor.  They had at least two children: George Herbert [1841-1909] and Caroline Judith [1846-1924].  In 1841 William and Caroline were living on Pratt Street in Soham with newly born George, and close to her mother and siblings who were also living in Soham at that time. William Clifton died in Cambridge on 3rd June 1846 aged 34 years old.  Caroline was living with her mother and children at 15 Willow Walk in April 1851.  She died aged 40 years old with newspapers at the time recording ‘her end was perfect peace’.  She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 9th June 1857.

Emma Barrett (4 February 1822 – 27 May 1858)

Emma was the youngest daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Barrett. She was baptised at St Michaels Church on 20th October 1822.  She was living with her mother and siblings in  Soham in 1841, and with her aunt Anne Hignell in 1851.  She died at 32 Jesus Lane aged 36 years old.

Ann Pike (d 1857)

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Lydia Turner (c.1785 – 2 July 1862)

Lydia was born in Ely.  In 1861 she was 76 years old and was living as a lodger at 16 New Square, Cambridge with the Low family. She was described on the census as living on her own income.  She died the following year aged 77 years old.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/newspaper archives

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Emma Barrett; Mary Ann Barrett; Caroline Clifton; Anne Hignell; Ann Pike; Lydia Turner