CFHS code : AL17

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SARAH ANN BENNETT d March 4 1911 aged 74 also JAMES BENNETT husband of the above d —– 9 1919 aged 89

Monument : Headstone (fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Bennett headstone November 2019


Roughly ten rows east of the north gate and four graves south of the north wall. The headstone has broken and after years of being under grass, the stone has crumbled and very little of the inscription is now legible.


In Loving Memory of SARAH ANN BENNETT  who died March 4 1911 aged 74

Also JAMES BENNETT husband of the above d —– 9 1919 aged 89

Sarah Ann Bennett (née Richardson) (c 1839 – 1911)

Sarah Ann was born in Cambridge to Richard and Mary Ann Richardson. Richard was a butcher and Mary Ann a laundress.

She married James Bennett on April 17th 1859 in the parish of St Andrew the Less. They lived in Fitzroy Street, Wellington Street and York Street where they brought up at least eight children: James Richard (1860), Henry James (1865), Arthur (1867), Mary Ann (1870), George (1873), Elizabeth (1876), Jemima Gladys May (1879) and John (1880).

James Bennett (6 January 1832 – 1919)

James was the son of Richard and Elizabeth Bennett. He was baptised James Pink Bennett at the church of Mary the Less on January 29th 1832. The family were at this time living in New Town (an area off Hills Road). His father died in 1838 and his mother married widower William Baker in 1840.The family then lived at 10 Russell Street where William Baker died in 1860. Elizabeth and her daughter were both working as laundresses in 1861.

James, who was a labourer for a smith when he married, later became a coach builder. His sons George and Arthur became tailors. John became a carpenter and Harry a smith. His daughter Mary Ann became a tailoress.

After Sarah’s death James lived with his children Arthur, George, Elizabeth and John at 40 Riverside, which is where he died.

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