CFHS code : AL284

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of GEORGE BOWYER d Jan 15 1888 aged 48 LILIAN BOWYER d May 15 1940 aged 54 MARY PARKIN BOWYER d May 1 1935 aged 71 CATHARINE PARKIN BOWYER d March 31 1914 aged 74

Monument : Kerb stones (double)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



elationship: Husband, wife, daughter, granddaughter

George Bowyer (1839 – 15 January 1888)

George was born in Castle Camps, fifteen miles south east of Cambridge on the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk/Essex border. He was the son of Henry and Mary Ann Bowyer and his father ran The George Inn, as well as being a butcher. Aged 22, George was living at home and working as a butcher alongside his father and brother Charles. He married Catherine Cooper in 1862 in Castle Camps and they had at least four children: Mary Parkin (1863-1935), John (1864-1864), John William (1866-1921) and Henry (1868-1945). They lived in Castle Camps, where George ran a butcher’s shop on the High Street until at least 1881. George died at 11 Union Terrace, Cambridge aged 48 years old and his funeral took place on 21 January.

Lilian Sarah Kate Bowyer (13 February 1886 – 15 May 1940)

Lilian is thought to have been the daughter of John and Elizabeth Bowyer, granddaughter of George and Catherine Bowyer, and neice of Mary Parkin Bowyer. She grew up with her grandmother and aunt from at least the age of 5 and is known to have attended the Hobson Street sunday school.  She worked as a needleworker and lived with her grandmother and aunt at 6 Clarendon Street (1891), Eden Street (1901) and Church Street (1911). She and Mary Bowyer then lived at 38 Marlowe Road together. Lilian died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital aged 54 years old.

Mary Parkin Bowyer (1863 – 1 May 1935)

Mary was born in Castle Camps and baptised there on 28 June 1863. She worked as a tailoress and lived with her mother and neice  at 6 Clarendon Street (1891), Eden Street (1901), Church Street (1911) and later at 38 Marlowe Road (at least 1929 onwards). She died at home aged 71 years old.

Catharine Parkin Bowyer (née Cooper)  (1839 – 31 March 1914)

Catherine was also born in Castle Camps and was baptised there on 3 November 1839. She was the daughter of John and Mary (née Parkin) Cooper. Her father was a farmer, who died in 1847 and her mother then took over the 2 acres farm. Aged 21 Catherine living at Castle Camps Rectory and working as cook for Rev. John and  Hester Bode. After she was widowed she lived with her daughter Mary and worked as a tailoress (1891) and was later described as a needleworker employing others (1911). 



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Catharine Parkin Bowyer; George Bowyer; Lilian Bowyer; Mary Parkin Bowyer