CFHS code : MG29

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of ELIZABETH the beloved daughter of JOHN & ANN ROYALL d June 14th 1864 aged 23 also SARAH ANN BRIGGS sister of the above d June 1 1874 aged 38 ALICE ROYALL 1854 – 1940 also To the Memory of ANN SARAH ROYALL d Dec 30 1873 aged 63 and JOHN ROYALL husband of the above d May 31 1875 in his 76th year also NICHOLAS VALENTINE their son d Mar 21 1889 aged 37 MINNIE ORPWOOD 1870 – 1962

Monument : Headstone/Stone cross (fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202311, 0.13748628 – click here for location

Briggs, Orpwood and Royall grave
Briggs, Orpwood and Royall headstone


The  headstones is hidden in bushes 4 rows east of the central path in the north of the parish. We did not find a cross in 2016 when the photo was taken. The inscription is still very clear.


east face left side
Sacred to the Memory of ELIZABETH the beloved daughter of JOHN & ANN ROYALL who departed this life June 14th 1864 aged 23 years

Also SARAH ANN BRIGGS sister of the above d June 1 1874 aged 38 years

east face right side
Also To the Memory of ANN SARAH ROYALL who died Dec. 30. 1873 aged 63 years.

And JOHN ROYALL husband of the above who died May 31 1875 in his 76th year

Also NICHOLAS VALENTINE their son who died Mar 21 1889 aged 37 years

west face?  or possibly on the cross that we did not find
ALICE ROYALL 1854 – 1940

MINNIE ORPWOOD 1870 – 1962

Relationship: Mother, father, son, three daughters and granddaughter

Elizabeth Royall (1841 – 14 June 1864)

Elizabeth was the second daughter of John and Ann Royall and died at the Castle Inn, Butcher Row (now Guildhall Street) ‘after three years’ affliction borne with Christian fortitude’.

Sarah Ann Briggs  (née Royall) (1836 – 1 June  1874)

Sarah was the eldest daughter of John and Ann and married David Briggs (1827-1892) on 7 June 1858 in Chesterton.  David was a builder/carpenter and they lived on Histon Road (1861), Hemel Hempstead (1871) and then returned to live at 6 Histon Road.  They had at least two children: Gertrude Victoria Sarah (1859-1911) and Percy David (1874-1874).  Percy died aged 1 day old on 31 May 1874, and Sarah died the following day, so it can be assumed she died as a result of complications during birth.

Alice Eva Royall (1854-1940)

Alice was the youngest daughter of John and Ann. After the death of her parents she lived at 40 Clarendon Street with her brothers Alfred and Thomas and acted as their housekeeper (1881). In 1891 she was living at South Street, St. Neots and was working as a companion to widow Mary Ann Tingey. She then worked as housekeeper to widow Frank Coe and his eight year old daughter Doria in Watford (1911) before returning to Cambridge to live with Charlotte Free at 36 Searle Street (1934. From 1935 onwards she lived at  4 Storey’s Almshouses, Shelly Row  and died aged 84 years old.

Ann Sarah Royall (née Boutell) (1810 – 30 December 1873)

Ann was born in Cambridge and married John Royall on 23 September 1827. John was a publican and plasterer and they had at least eight children: Sarah Ann, Richard Jarvis (1838-1878), Elizabeth, Martha (1844-1901), Alfred (1846-), Thomas John (1849-1914), Nicholas Valentine (1852-1889) and Alice Eva. They lived at 42 Trumpington Street (1841), 49 Russell Street (1856), York Street (1858) and then the Castle Inn, Butchers Row (later Guildhall Street) (1861 onwards).

John Royall (13 February 1800 – 31 May  1875)

John was born in Cromer, and baptised in North Repps on 23 February 1800. He is believed to have been the son of Richard and Charlotte. He worked as both a publican and plasterer and three of his sons also worked as plasterers, setting up on their own after he died.

In February 1856 he was declared bankrupt and was described as a ‘plasterer, brewer and licensed victualler’ but later moved to run the Castle Inn. He died at home leaving an estate valued at under £70, which passed to tailor Daniel Atkin  who was a creditor.

Nicholas Valentine Royall  (1852 – 21 March 1889)

Nicholas was the only one of John’s sons who did not work as a plasterer and was a clerk.  He lived at home  and in 1881 was lodging at 65 Eden Street. He died aged 37 years old.

Minnie Maud Orpwood (née Royall) (10 August 1870 – 7 January 1962)

Minnie was the youngest daughter of Richard Jarvis Royal (1838-1878) and his second wife Sarah (née Taylor) (1834-1901) and grand daughter of John and Ann. She had a twin brother Alfred who died when he was 3 years old.

Richard was a plasterer and the family lived at 33 Castle Street (1871) and then 19 Eastbourne Terrace. After he died in 1878 Sarah ran a lodging house from Eastbourne Terrace (1881) and then a lodging house at 63 Hills Road (1891/1901).  Minnie lived with her mother and sister Edith until Sarah died in 1904.  The sisters then lived together in Trumpington (1911).

She married widower Henry Orpwood (1856-1945) in 1943. Henry had worked as a prison warden and retired to live at 157 Victoria Road, where the couple also lived.  Henry died at Chesterton Hospital two years into the marriage and Minnie remained living  at Victoria Road until at least 1953.  She died at St. John’s Hospital, Ely aged 91 years old.

Minnie’s brother Richard Edward Royall  is buried here



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Sarah Ann Briggs; Minnie Orpwood; Alice Royall; Ann Sarah Royall; Elizabeth Royall; John Royall; Nicholas Valentine Royall