CFHS code : PL95

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JANE beloved wife of JOHN BRIDGES d Dec 28 1893 aged 76 also JOHN EDWIN BRIDGES d Oct 28 1888 aged 38 also of JOHN BRIDGES b Jan 25 1820 d March 16 1910

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Bridges grave set November 2017

Monument

Located to the south of the south path not far from the lodge. The headstone, inscription and kerb stones are in good condition. It looks as if there were posts with a chain set into the kerb stones.

Inscription

In Loving Memory of JANE beloved wife of JOHN BRIDGES. Died Dec. 28. 1893.
Aged 76 years.

Also JOHN EDWIN BRIDGES. Died Oct. 28. 1888. Aged 38 years.

Also of JOHN BRIDGES. Born Jan. 25. 1820. Died March 16. 1910.

“Thy will be done.”

Jane was born in Ely and is thought to have married John Bridges in 1844.  They had at least seven children: Henry Thomas (1845-1909), Angelina (1848-1851), John Edwin (1850-1888) Frederick (1852-), Angelina (1854-),  Jane (1857-) and Emily (1863-).  John was a baker and in 1851 the couple were living at 55 Russell Street with their three young children, a journeyman baker, errand boy and household servant. They later moved to 106 Russell Street (at least 1861 onwards) and Jane died aged 76 years old.

John Edwin Bridges (1850 – 28 October 1888)

John was the second son of John and Jane Bridges and by the age of 21 was also working as a baker.  He married Eliza Jane Salmon (1849-1926) and the couple had at least five children: Annie Annette (1873-1920), John (1876-1908), Edwin (1877-1963), Frederick (1879-) and Janet Eliza (1884-1931).

They lived at 89 Russell Street where John established ‘The Eagle’ steam flour and grist mill.  He described himself as a miller, baker and corn dealer and offered a grinding service which he advertised in local newspapers in January 1886.  This might have caused a rift with his father who also advertised in newspapers in the same month to say ‘I will not be responsible for any debts my son…may contract on and after the 31st of December 1885 as he is no longer authorised to tranact business on my behalf.  All outstanding debts to be paid to me at once’.  John died at 89 Russell Street aged 38 years old.

John Bridges (25 January 1820 – 16 March 1910)

John was born in Hunsdon, near Ware in Hertfordshire and is believed to have been the son of John and Rebecca.  He was baptised in nearby Thundridge on 12 August 1821.  After he was widowed he continued to live at 106 Russell Street and died there aged 90 years old.  After his death Catling and Son auctioned off John Bridges’ property portfolio, which consisted of ‘eleven desirable brick built and slated freehold houses (2 fitted with shop fronts) …all let to good tenants and producing a rental of £145, 3s, 0d per annum’.  Eight of the houses were on Russell Street (including 89 where his son John Edwin had lived) and a further three on Coronation Street.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Jane Bridges; John Bridges; John Edwin Bridges
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