CFHS code : AG133

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of JANE the dearly beloved wife of SAMUEL BAVEY d Sept 15th 1927 aged 72 also SAMUEL BAVEY d Dec 18th 1929 aged 78 also ALICE SHAW d Aug 29th 1907 aged 46 sister of the above

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202827, 0.13679394

Bavey and Shaw headstone November 2018


Located under a large tree, three rows from the east/west path that divides the parish of St Andrew the Great. The inscription has eroded but the top half is still legible.


Sacred to the Memory of JANE the dearly beloved wife of SAMUEL BAVEY

died Sept 15th 1927 aged 72 years

“…….. …….. Peace”

Also SAMUEL BAVEY died Dec. 18th 1929 aged 78 years

“At Rest”

Also ALICE SHAW died Aug 29th 1907 aged 46 sister of the above

Jane Bavey (née Holeman) (1855 – 15 September 1927)

Jane was born in Bermondsey and was the daughter of Daniel and Eliza (Ella), and sister of Eliza and Mary. She was baptised at Christ Church Bermondsey on 8 July 1855. Daniel was a plumber and by at least 1859 the family had moved to Cambridge. In 1871 Jane was living with her family at 16 Mill Road, she was 16 years old and was documented on the census as being an unemployed nursemaid.  She married Samuel Bavey in 1877. Samuel worked as a printer’s pressman and the couple lived at 71 Kingston Street (1881), 8 Hooper Street (at least 1895-1905) and 9 Kingston Street (1911).  They had nine children: Arthur Ernest (1878-), Eva (1884-1971), Jessie (1885-1968), Percy Samuel (1887-1968), Alfred Frederick (1895-1967), Horace Leonard (1899-1972) and three more children who died as infants. Jane died aged 72 years old.

Samuel Bavey (1851 – 18 December 1929)

Samuel was the son of Henry and Susannah Bavey and grew up at 4 Corn Exchange Street. Henry Bavey was a bookbinder and by the age of 19 (1871) Samuel was working as an apprentice printer. He worked as a printer throughout his life and died aged 78 years old.

Alice Shaw (née Bavey) (1861 –  29 August 1907)

Alice was Samuel Bavey’s younger sister and was baptised at St. Andrew the Great Church on 7 April 1861.  Age 20 she was working as a domestic servant at the Prince of Wales Hotel, 20 Sidney Street and living at the hotel.  She married Fred Unwin (1859-1890) in 1885. Fred worked for Barrett’s china/glass company which was on Market Hill and died in an accident there in on 22 May 1890.  He fell from a ladder, fractured his skull and never regained consciousness before dying at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Alice went to live with Samuel and Jane at Hooper Street after she was widowed (1891/1901).  In 1891 she was documented as being a duster in a china shop, probably Barrett’s on Market Hill.  She married widower Allison Ernest Shaw (1863-1931) in 1906.  The marriage was short lived as Alice died the following year aged 46 years old.



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Jane Bavey; Samuel Bavey; Alice Shaw