CFHS code : MG11

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of CHARLES BENJAMIN BRIGGS d July 28 1882 age 76 also of RACHEL widow of the above d June 6 1906 aged 98

Monument : Headstone/Ground slab (may be from another grave)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202243, 0.13727812 – click here for location

Briggs grave
Briggs headstone in 2016

Monument

This headstone is located 1 row east of the central path in the parish of Mary the Great. Although the carved inscription for Charles is still clear, Rachels has faded badly

Inscription

In Loving Memory of CHARLES BENJAMIN BRIGGS who died July 28 1882 age 76

Also of RACHEL widow of the above d June 6 1906 aged 98

Charles Benjamin Briggs (c.1806 – 28 July 1882)

Charles was born in Cambridge and married Rachel Pitchford on 8 August 1833 at Great St. Mary’s Church.  He had a shop at 32, Petty Cury and was a hairdresser (1841), tabacconist (1851), tabacconist and perfumerer (1861). By 1871 the tabacconist shop had moved to 1 St. Mary’s Passage and it is known that Charles also sold life assurance and fishing tackle at various times.   The couple did not have any children but took in lodgers and also cared for their nephew. Charles died at St. Mary’s Passage aged 76 years old.

Rachel Briggs (née Pitchford) (1808 – 6 June 1906)

Rachel was born in Soham and after she was widowed went to live at 30 Melbourne Place (until at least 1896) and then lodged at 19 Maid’s Causeway.  She died aged 98 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Charles Benjamin Briggs; Rachel Briggs