CFHS code : BE38
Parish : St Bene’t
Inscription : In Memory of WILLIAM BRIDGES d Sep 27 1882 aged 62 also ANN KING wife of the above d Jan 12 1875 aged 54 also VENA daughter passed peacefully away Jan 1 1931 aged 79
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
William Bridges (1819 – 27 September 1882)
William was the son of John and Susannah (née Scott) Bridges and was baptised in Cambridge on 14 November 1819. He maried Ann King Flack in 1843 and the couple moved to Church Street, Trumpington where they ran the school – he was the school master and also parish registrar (1851) and Ann worked as a school mistress along side him. They had at least four children: Emily Louisa (1844-1873), Lucilla Mary (1846-1926), Lavinia (Vena) Ann (1851-1931) and Ada Lucy (1863-1932).
By 1861 the family had moved to live at 82 Russell Street and William was Master of the St. Paul’s Boys’ School. He retired from teaching in 1872 and a ‘testamonial’ (collection) was made in his honour. He took out an advert in the Cambridge Independent Press saying ‘Mr. Bridges takes this opportunity of thanking most heartily all the ladies and gentlemen who have so kindly contributed to say that he has this week received from the Rev. H. Hall, treasurer of the fund, the handsome sum of £130, 6s, 3d, subscribed by clergymen, ladies, and gentlemen of the University town, county and country at large, as a testamonial on his leaving the scholastic profession, after thirty years’ service’.
After retiring he opened a booksellers and school stationery shop at 37 Regent Street (near Hyde Park Corner) and adverts of the time declared he was ‘correspondent and agent for the Cambridge Chronicle, agent for the London Scholastic Trading Company; also for the Church of England Life and fire Assurance Company, London’. After being widowed in 1875 he lived at 6 Regent Street (1881) with youngest daughters Vena and Ada. The census of 1881 described him as a stationer and rate collector and he died at Regent Street aged 62 years old.
Ann King Bridges (née Flack) (1820 – 12 January 1875)
Ann is thought to have been the daughter of Walter and Sarah Flack and was baptised in Cambridge on 10 September 1820. She married William Bridges and spent some years teaching, but in later census records she is not recorded with any occupation. She died at 37 Regent Street aged 54 years old.
Vena Bridges (1851 – 1 January 1931)
Vena was born Lavinia Ann Bridges and by the age of 19 was living at home and teaching music. She then acted as housekeeper to her father (1881) before taking over the running of the business (1891). In 1891 she was living with her sister Ada at 8 Regent Street. In 1891 Vena and Ada were at 72 Regent Street and she was described as a stationer and bookseller. In 1911 the sisters were living at 43 Regent Street, and Vena was described as a housekeeper, with Ada documented as being a stationer, but working at home with the assistance of Louise Thompson who was also living with them. In 1930 the sisters were still living at 43 Regent Street with Louise Thompson. Vena died aged 79 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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