CFHS code : BE92

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : footstone IL and Grateful MO ANNA MARIA BRYANS d June 23 1915 aged 75 EDITH AMA BRYANS d May 9 1933

Monument : Kerb stones (in cross shape)/Flowerholder/Footstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The west end of the monument in July 2021.


We were unable to uncover this set of kerbstones, reportedly in the shape of a cross, as they are under thick ivy and bramble growth. The monument is 4 rows east of the west path not far from a large conifer tree in the parish of St Bene’t.


footstone  / small slab
In Loving  and Grateful Memory Of ANNA MARIA BRYANS who entered into rest June 23 1915 aged 75
kerb beneath
EDITH AMA BRYANS at rest May 9 1933

Anna Maria Bryans (neé Antrobus) (1839 – 23 June 1915)

Anna’s parents were the Honourable Charlotte (née Crofton) and Gibbs Crawford Antrobus.  She was born in London but baptised at Eaton Hall, Cheshire.  Her mother died a few months after she was born and she grew up with her brother, sister and step-brother at Eaton Hall.  Gibbs Antrobus was a wealthy diplomat, justice of the peace and politician.  Anna married Rev. Francis Richard Bryans (1835 – 1909)  in 1864  and the couple had at least two daughters Edith Ama (1866-1933) and Bessie (1867-).

In 1871 the family were living at the Parsonage in Elsworth, where Francis was the Vicar.  By 1881 they were living at Whitehall in Wheelock, Cheshire where Francis was a clerk ‘without cure of souls’ (ie he did not have a parish). In 1891 he was the Vicar of Peover in Cheshire, and the couple were living with younger daughter Bessie at the Vicarage.  By 1901 they had moved to Greatham, Hampshire (just outside Liss) where he was the Vicar of the parish. Francis Bryans died in January 1909 in Devon aged 73 years old.

Anna moved to live with Bessie and her son-in-law Mark Stuart Wood in Over Peover, Cheshire (1911).  Mark was a head teacher, and the couple had four small children.  She died at 20 Lensfield Road, Cambridge aged 75 years old.

Edith Ama Bryans (d 1933)

Edith was the eldest daughter of Francis and Anna Bryans.  She was born in Old Rode (a hamlet three miles south of Congleton) and baptised on 4 February 1866 at St. Thomas’ Church, Old Rode.

It is thought that she had  probably moved to Cambridge by 1902, as she was noted as attending a Masonic Ball at the Corn Exchange in June 1902.  In 1911 she was marked as a visitor to a private nursing home in Bournemouth and noted as being of ‘private means’. Edith is thought to have written “Thorns. The Joyful Mystery of Pain” published in 1925 by Longmans.  She lived at 15 Trinity Street from at least 1925 to 1930 and in May 1930 sailed from Port Said back to Hull.  Her address was noted as being 15 Trinity Street, c/o Lenton Staines.  She died at the Garden House Hotel aged 67 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Anna Maria Bryans; Edith Ama Bryans