CFHS code : PL498

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Ever Loving Memory of HENRY JOHN BUCKWELL b Aug 13th 1855 d March 8th 1915 also REBECCA ANN BUCKWELL wife of the above d Nov 21st 1938

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

the bucklwell monument in March 2016.
Buckwell cross March 2016


This stone cross on plinth, in the parish area of St Paul, is located  to the east of the western path.


‘In Ever Loving Memory of HENRY JOHN BUCKWELL
born Aug 13th 1855 d March 8th 1915

Also REBECCA ANN BUCKWELL wife of the above
Who entered into rest Nov 21st 1938.’

“May light perpetually shine upon thee”

Henry John Buckwell (13 August 1855 – 8 March 1915)

Henry was born in Brighton and was the son of Thomas and Charlotte Buckwell.  His father worked as a printer and compositor.

He went to school at St Peter’s in Brighton later became a pupil teacher at the same school. He then taught at  St Mark’s College in Chelsea. He was then  headmaster of St Christ Church Boys’ School in Luton for five years.  In 1882 he started studying at  Christ’s College, Cambridge, getting his BA in 1885 and MA in 1891. He was awarded a First Class in the History Special.  Simultaneously he was  headmaster of St Paul’s National School in Cambridge [1881-1909] – leading the school for nearly 30 years.

He married Rebecca Beamiss in 1886 when he was 30 years old.  They lived at 82 Russell Street [1891] and then 2 Belvedere Terrace, Panton Street  [1901] and finally 32 Glisson Road [1908].

He retired from St Paul’s School in the 1909 on health grounds, and had long term treatment for his illness.  He died in hospital in Northampton  in 1915 aged 59 years old.  He left an estate valued at £1,102 10s and 11d.

The Cambridge Independent Press reported his funeral on 12th March 1915


The funeral of Mr Henry John Buckwell a former headmaster of St Paul’s Boy’s School, whose death occurred at his residence 32 Glisson Road, Cambridge, at the age of 59, took place at Mill-road Cemetery yesterday [Thursday] afternoon, after a service at St Mary’s the Less Church………In 1908 his health began to break down, and the following summer he was compelled to retired form the headmastership, greatly to the regret of the School Committee and his many friends. 

Mr Buckwell as a strong Churchman, and for several years was hon. treasurer of the local branch of the Church Defence League.  In politics he was a staunch Conservative and for some time served on the committee of the Central Conservative Club.  He was also a keen chess player, and was secretary of the Chess Club for some time.

The service at the church was conducted by the Rev A.J.C Allen, vicar of St Mary’s the Less, and the Rev Dr Stokes, vicar of St. Paul’s.  The hymns sung were ‘On the resurrection morning’ and ‘The Saints of God their conflict past’.  Mr A.B. Chandler, headmaster of St. Paul’s School presided at the organ

Rebecca Ann Buckwell (nee Beamiss) (1854 – 21 November 1938)

Rebecca was born in Ely and the eldest daughter of William and Mary Beamiss.  She grew up in Ely, and was a teacher at a girls school by the age of 16 [1871].  In 1881 she was living at 83 Russell Street with her two sisters, Flora and Mary Anne.  She was a qualified teacher, and they were both pupil teachers.  She married in 1886 when she was 32 years old.  She started life living at 82 Russell Street, before moving to Pembroke Street. Like her husband Henry she became a head teacher.

She was widowed at the age of 57 years.  She continued to live at 32 Glisson Road with her sister Flora, who was also a school teacher. She  died there at the age of 84 years old. She left an estate valued at  £2,820 19s 8d.



Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

Henry John Buckwell; Rebecca Ann Buckwell