CFHS code : ML60

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : In Memory of WILLIAM BRIDGMAN d Jan 6 1863 also ELIZABETH MARTHA infant daughter of above d Mar 4 1863 aged 1 also WILLIAM JOHN son of above d August 31 1875 aged 17 also MARTHA d — 30th 1900 aged 71

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon: 52.202786, 0.1380652 – click here for location

The west face of the bridge man monument. has suffered some emotion at the base of the stone.
west face
The east face of the Bridgeman monument.
east face


The west face of the Bridgman monument, located in the parish area of St Mary the Less, has suffered some erosion at the base of the stone.


west face

”In Memory of William Bridgman who died Jan 6 1863 in the 38th year of his age

Also of Elizabeth Martha infant daughter of above  who died Mar 4 1863 aged 1 year

Also William Bridgman son of the above who died August 31 1875 aged 17

Also Martha died April 30th 1900 aged 71.

east face                                                       

‘In memory of Mary Elizabeth,
daughter of William and Martha Bridgman
who passed away Dec. 4th 1916 in her 56th year.’
“In Christ.”

Michael Foster Hewes died Sep. 21.1917 aged 86 years.’

Relationship: Husband, wife, three children and brother-in-law

William Bridgman (1825 – 6 January 1863)

William was the son of Joseph and Mary (née Cummings). He was born in Brockley, Suffolk (a village seven miles south of Bury St. Edmunds) and baptised in Hawkedon on 22 May 1825. In 1841 he was working as a servant in Newmarket, and then moved to the Porter’s Lodge, Christ’s College where he was under porter in 1851. He married Martha on 25 August 1857 in Stevenage and they had at least three children: William John (1858-1875), Mary Elizabeth (1860-1916) and Elizabeth Martha (1862-1863). The family lived at Tennis Court Road and he continued to work as a college servant. William died at home aged 37 years old.

Elizabeth Martha Bridgman (1862 – 4 March 1863) 

Elizabeth  died at Tennis Court Road just after her 1st birthday.

William John Bridgman (1858 – 31 August 1875)

William died at Tennis Court Road aged 17 years old.

Martha Bridgman (née Hewes) (1829 – 30 April 1900)

Born in Great Wymondley, near Hitchin Martha was the daughter of farmer Thomas Hewes and Mary.  In 1851 she was living in Great Wilbraham and  working as a housemaid for Edward Hicks, a Justice of the Peace.  Martha married when she was c.28 years old and after she was widowed ran a Lodging House from 5 Tennis Court Road (1881) and 8 Tennis Court Road (1891), helped by her daughter Mary. She died at Tennis Court Road.

Mary Elizabeth Bridgman (1860 – 4 December 1916)

Mary helped her mother and later ran a Lodging House from Tennis Court Road. She died at home.

Michael Foster Hewes (20 April 1831 – 21 September 1917)

Michael was Martha’s brother and was baptised at Tilehouse Street Baptist Chapel, Hitchin. He married Eliza Johnson (1838-1881) on 5 May 1873 at Downing Street Chapel.  Eliza grew up at Tennis Court Road and was a neighbour of Michael’s sister Martha. In 1881 the couple were running a Lodging House from 8 Tennis Court Road. Eliza Hewes died in May 1881 aged 42 years old.

Michael married for a second time on 8 August 1881, to Mary Smith Waghorne  (1851-1939) at St. Paul’s Chuch, Chatham, Kent.  They had three children: Esther Julia (1882-1973), John Thomas (1885-1961) and Sidney Charles Foster (1888-1975). Michael and Mary ran a Lodging House at 5 Tennis Court Road (1891 to at least 1913).

In April 1892 Henry Grover, an army pensioner was charged with indecently assualting Michael and Mary’s nine year old daughter Esther.  The girl had been playing with her brother and a friend near Brookland’s Avenue when Henry Grover approached them. Having assaulted her Henry gave her a penny and told her not to tell anyone.  She told her parents who insisted that charges be pressed against Grover. He was found guilty and sentenced to four months imprisonment with hard labour. He appeared in court wearing ‘the distinguishing badge of the Blue Ribbon Army’ and the Chairman of the Bench  passing sentence said ‘that such men as him were perfect pests to society in commiting acts that might ruin and violate the lives of children. He was not only acting the part of a brutal beast, but that of a hypocrite’.

Michael was living at 7 Grantchester Meadows, Cambridge, when he died. The parish records state that this was a dissenting burial. Mary Smith Hewes died in 1939  in Leeds, and was buried at Lawnswood Cemetery, Leeds. Michael Foster Hewes is also remembered on the grave monument at Lawnswood.

CFHS Parish Records 


Newspaper archives

by Mary Naylor with additional information by Claire Martinsen

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Elizabeth Martha Bridgman; Martha Bridgman; William Bridgman; William John Bridgman; Mary Elizabeth Bridgman, Michael Foster Hughes