CFHS code : ED18

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of AGNES MARY eldest daughter of CHARLES & MARY BAYS d Aug 13 [188-]

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203066, 0.13750788 – click here for location

Bays headstone 2017


This headstone, in the parish area of St Edward, is located on the second row west of the central path, 20 yards north of the centre circle.

There are four graves in the St Edward area for the Bays family, the other three being (Charles Frederick Bays), (Charles Bays) and (Emmeline and William Bays). There is also a grave for the senior generation of the Bays family in the parish of St Andrew the Great for (Frances and Mary Ann Bays).


Sacred to the memory of Agnes Mary
eldest daughter of Charles & Mary Bays
who died August  13th 1886 aged 46

Agnes Mary Bays (1839‒1886)
Agnes Mary was born in the fourth quarter of 1839 in Cambridge, and baptised at the church of St Edward on 11 December, eldest daughter of Charles Bays, hatter of 11 King’s Parade, and his wife Mary.  By 1861, at the age of 21, she was working as a governess to the children of the Hattersley family, Martha Jane (12), Louisa Harriet (11), Helen Margaret (9), William River (7), Gilbert Woollard (5) and Thomas Hemchat (4), of Market Street, Rugely, Staffordshire.  Ten years later she was back with the family in Cambridge.  Her father died in 1877, and her brother William then took over the business.  Soon after that, Mary moved to 3 Bay Terrace, Norwich Street (New Town), Cambridge, and Agnes Mary moved with her.  In 1881, each is listed as ‛annuitant’.  Mary died in June 1882, aged 71.

Agnes Mary herself died, unmarried, in August 1886 at the age of 46.  The inscription appears to give her death date as 13 August, but the St Edward burial register records her interment in Mill Road Cemetery as 6 August (it is not recorded in the grave book).  Her address at the time of death was Sidney Street, in the centre of Cambridge.

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England census returns 1841 to 1881
England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538‒1975
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837‒1915

Church of St Edward, Cambridge, burial register

By Ian Bent

Agnes Mary Bays