CFHS code : AG388

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of EMMA GROVES d Jan 11th 1922 aged 70 In Loving Memory of THOMAS [G or C] S BLAND d Jan 13th 1929 aged 66 In Loving Memory of THOMAS JOHN son of CHARLES & SUSAN GROVES In Loving Memory of CHARLES GROVES d June 20th 1881 aged 76 also SUSAN wife of the above d Feb 22 1888 aged 71

Monument : Stone cross (broken)

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Bland and Groves monument August 2017

Monument

Located in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, midway along the east west path from the centre circle and 1 row to the north.. Part of the cross is still near the plinth, but very little of the inscription can be read.

Inscription 

In Loving Memory of EMMA GROVES d Jan 11th 1922 aged 70

south face

In Loving Memory of THOMAS G  S  BLAND died Jan 13th 1929 aged 66

In Loving Memory of THOMAS JOHN son of CHARLES & SUSAN GROVES

In Loving Memory of CHARLES GROVES d June 20th 1881 aged 76

Also SUSAN wife of the above d Feb 22 1888 aged 71

Relationships: Husband, wife, son, daughter-in-law and husband of granddaughter.

Charles Groves (1805 – 20 June 1881)

Charles was born in Cambridge and married Susan Westley in 1839. The couple had at least eight children: Rev. Charles Westley (1840-1917), Ellen (1841-1863), Thomas John (1844-1877), Susan Mary (1845-1896), Amelia (1849-1927), Emily (1851-), Arthur (1854-) and James (1856-).

In 1851 they were living at Clarendon Street where Charles was a baker/grocer employing one man.  By 1861 the family had moved to 18 Earl Street and Charles had become a coach body maker. On the census records of 1871/1881 he was still living at Earl Street but was described as a retired coach maker. He died at home aged 76 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 24 June.

Susan Groves (née Westley) (1816 – 22 February 1888)

Susan was born in Newmarket and baptised there on 10 April 1816. She was the daughter of John and Mary Westley and married when she was 23 years old. She died at 18 Earl Street.

Thomas John Groves (c.1844 – 3 December 1877)

Thomas was the second son of Charles and Susan Groves. Aged 17 he was living at home and working as a tailor’s apprentice. He married Emma and had one daughter: Susan Amelia (1878-1972) who was born after he died.  He died in Blandford in Dorset aged 33 years old.

Emma Groves (c.1851 – 11 January 1922)

Emma was the wife of Thomas John Groves, and was born in Newton Abbot in Devon. Daughter Susan was born in June 1878 six months after his death.  She came to live at 18 Earl Street with Charles and Susan (1881). In 1891 she was running a lodging house at 30 Earl Street.  Ten years later (1901) she was a lodging house keeper at 50 Sidney Street and still living with Susan who ran an art needlework shop.

In 1911 Emma had moved again and was living at 60 Victoria Park, and was there with her grandson.  She died aged 71 years old.

Thomas George Sidney Bland (1862 – 13 January 1929) 

Thomas was the son of Elias and Isabella Bland.  He was baptised at All Saints Church on 14 December 1862. Elias was a draper, and Thomas’s mother died when he was 12 years old so he then grew up with his father, stepmother Elizabeth and siblings. He also worked as a draper in the family store which was on the corner of Bridge Street and Jesus Lane.

He married Susan Groves on 17 July 1902 at St. Andrew the Great Church.   Susan was given away by her uncle George Stace, and wore a  ‘dress of white voile trimmed with lace and chiffon and a white hat trimmed with Brussels lace’. Her uncle Rev. Charles Westley Groves performed the ceremony ‘in the presence of  a large congregation’ and the couple honeymooned in Wales.

Thomas and Susan had at least three children: Cyril Groves (1904-1988), Frank Sidney (1906-1981) and Thomas Eric (1907-1984).  They lived at 26 Carlyle Road, and Thomas died there aged 66 years old.

Susan Bland died in June 1972 at the Fairfield Hospital in Bedfordshire – she was 93 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Thomas George Sidney Bland; Emma Groves; Susan Groves; Charles Groves; Thomas John Groves