CFHS code : PL167

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOHN HENRY BRIGGS d 5th Feb 1889 age 23 also of J H BRIGGS d 28 May 1864 age 16 months also WILLIAM BRIGGS father of the above d 4 Dec 1893

Monument : Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Briggs monument February 2020


Located midway between the lodge and the central path a few metres north of the south path. This is actually a double plot with the sons buried in one grave and the parents next to them.


In Loving Memory of JOHN HENRY BRIGGS who died 5th Feb 1889 age 23 years

Also of J H BRIGGS  who died 28 May 1864 aged 16 months

Also WILLIAM BRIGGS father of the above who died 4 Dec 1893

Although we have not found her name on the monument we know, from the grave register, that William’s wife Mary Ann is buried here.

John Henry Briggs (c.1866 –   5 February 1889)

John was baptised on 29 July 1866 at St. Paul’s Church. He grew up at 95 Ainsworth Street and aged 15 was working as a railway clerk for Great Eastern Railway.  He died at home aged 23 years old.

John Henry Briggs (1863 – 28 May 1864)

John  was baptised on 22 February 1863 at St. Paul’s Church. He died at 8 Coronation Street and was buried on 1 June 1864.

William Briggs (1825 – 4 December 1893)

William was the son of Henry and Sarah Briggs and was born and raised in Bury St. Edmunds. His father was a printer and William worked on the railway from 1849 onwards. In 1851 he was living in a hotel in Ipswich and working as a railway guard. He married Mary Perry on 22 April 1855 at St. Giles’ Church, Norwich by which time he was resident in Cambridge. The couple had at least seven children: William George (1856-), Emily Ann (1858-), Caroline (1860-1913), John Henry, John Henry, Edward (1868-) and Charles (1870-1901). The family lived at 8 Coronation Street (1861), Ainsworth Street (at leat 1871-1891) and then Devonshire Road.

William died aboard the 2.50 train from Liverpool Street.  He had complained of feeling unwell at Stansted Station, and a porter found him collapsed when they reached the next station.  He was found ‘at the very point of death, for he died almost immediately, without making any movement and before medical assistance could be obtained. The body was brought on to Cambridge’. An inquest was held at the Midland Tavern, Devonshire Road which recorded a verdict of ‘death from natural causes’. His funeral was held on 8 December 1893.

Mary Ann Briggs (née Perry) (17 October 1827 – 20 August 1894)

Mary Ann was from Falkenham, a village near Felixstowe and was the daughter of John and Lydia (née Skipper). She died at 46 Devonshire Road aged 66 years old.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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John Henry Briggs; John Henry Briggs; Mary Ann Briggs; William Briggs