CFHS code : AL492

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Memory of HENRY WILLIAMSON BROWN b March 11 1848 d July 14 1912 also of ANNIE BROWN d at Hunstanton Aug 9 1921 aged 44 also of EMMA HENRIETA BROWN wife of H W BROWN d Sept 13 1931 aged 71

Monument : Stone cross (broken)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument in November 2018.


Located close to the north west wall, in the parish area of St Andrew the Less, not far from the Gwydir Street gate.


In Memory of HENRY WILLIAMSON BROWN born March 11 1848 died July 14 1912

Also of ANNIE BROWN died at Hunstanton Aug 9 1921 aged 44

Also of EMMA HENRIETA BROWN wife of H W BROWN d Sept 13 1931 aged 71

Henry Williamson Brown (11 March 1848 – 14 July 1912)

Henry Williamson Brown

Henry was the son of William and Ann Brown.  He grew up on James Street (1851) and then 109 King Street (1861) and his father was a tailor.  By 1871 he had become a grocer’s assistant and was living with his brother William and his family on Little St. Mary’s Lane. He married Emma Saville in 1874 and  the couple went to live at 13 Clarendon Street (at least 1881-1901) and Henry worked as a manager for grocery and provisions agent Messrs. Matthew & Son Ltd on Trinity Street. They had five children: Harry Percy (1875-), Annie Emma Wallis (1876-1921), Florence Maud (1880-1883), Eric Harold (1890-1942) and one more child who died as an infant.

In December 1898 Henry took his servant Matilda Otley to court – she was accused of stealing ‘two florins and a shilling, marked money and a bottle of whisky’. Twenty-two year old Matilda had been employed by the Browns for three to four months and Henry noticed on several occasions that he was missing money.  With the help of police money was marked and then placed in a cupboard. It was subsequently found in Matilda’s purse, even though she had initially denied all knowledge. When faced with the evidence she pleaded guilty and said she had taken the whisky because she felt ill. Henry asked for her to be treated leniently, and Matilda’s mother swore to her previous good character.  She was bound over, providing she did not appear in front of the courts for the following six months.

By at least 1904 the family had moved to live at 15 Lyndewode Road, and on the census of 1911 Henry was documented as being a grocer and insurance agent. He died at home aged 64 years.

Annie Emma Wallis Brown (1876 – 9 August 1921)

Annie was the eldest daughter of Henry and Emma Brown.  She lived at home with her parents and in 1911 was 34 years old and not noted with any occupation. After her father died Annie and Emma moved to live at 11 Willis Road, but she died in Hunstanton aged 44 years.

Emma Henrietta Brown (née Saville) (1852 – 13 September 1931)

Emma was born in Camden and was the daughter of Henry and Emily (née Wallis) Saville.  Her father worked as a book keeper in the Civil Service, and she grew up at 7 Lower Villas Road in Plumstead.  By the age of 18 she had moved to Cambridge and was working as a draper’s assistant on Petty Cury.  She married Henry Brown when she was 22 years and died at Willis Road in 1931.

(It is not known why Emma’s middle name is spelt with only one ‘T’ on the grave monument).



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Annie Emma Wallis Brown; Emma Henrieta Brown; Henry Williamson Brown