CFHS code : AS305

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : Treasured Memories of SELINA ANNE BULLOCK wife of CHARLES BULLOCK d Feb 13 1918 age 79 also of CHARLES BULLOCK d Mar 1 1929 in his 91st year

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Bullock headstone July 2017



d Feb 13 1918 age 79

Also of CHARLES BULLOCK who passed over March 1 1929 in his 91st year

Selina Anne Bullock (née Bowman) (c.1838 – 13 February 1918)

Selina was the daughter of George and Anne Bowman. Her father was an upholsterer and she grew up on St. Peter’s Street and then Honey Hill. She married Charles Bullock on 7 November 1860 at St. Giles’ Church and they had ten children: Charles George (1861-1863), James Henry (1862-1949), Selina Gertrude (1864-1954), Edwin Arthur (1867-1867), Charles Edwin (1868-1941), William Frederick (1871-1872), Augustus George (1873-1883), Frederick William Henry (1875-), Eva Ethel Violet (1880-1962) and another child who died as an infant.

Charles worked as a clerk for a gas company (1861), later as a bank clerk (1871 onwards) and the family lived at Histon Road (1861), 4 Parson’s Court (1861-at least 1881) and then 66 Jesus Lane.  Selina died at home aged 78 years old after what newspapers described as ‘suddenly, after years of illness patiently borne’.

Charles Bullock (1838 – 1 March 1929)

Charles was the son of builder/carpenter James Bullock and his wife Eleanor (known as Ellen). He grew up at the Victoria Tavern on Histon Road which his father also ran, before marrying Selina Bowman when he was 22 years old.

In June 1889 Charles took ten year old Edward Clark to court accusing  him of having stolen gooseberries from his garden. The court heard that Charles had been in his summer house at 66 Jesus Lane when he had seen Edward and another boy crossing the ditch and entering the garden where they proceeded to pick gooseberries.  He managed to capture Edward, but the other boy (Edward Hardy) escaped.  Charles said that he did not wish to prosecute Edward Hardy as ‘his  parents had promised to chastise him’.  Mrs Clark testified that her son would not go to school, did not have a father and ‘got into very bad company’.  The boy was cautioned and sentenced to three days’ imprisonment.

Charles owned four properties in a block on Jesus Lane known as the Rhadegund Buildings, and let two of them as University Lodging Houses.  In 1897 he supported an application to refuse the sale of alcohol from  72 Jesus Lane as he said it would effect the value of his properties.  The Master and tutors of Jesus College also did not want an alcohol license to be granted  with one tutor testifying that ‘he would be very unwilling to send any of his pupils to lodge in the neighbourhood’ should the licence be granted.

In September 1913 Charles let 67 Jesus Lane to Caroline Appleyard on a seven year lease at £40 per annum. Caroline ran a University Lodging house from the address but by November 1916 had fallen behind in rent for two quarters. Caroline was separated from her husband and testified in court she was in financial difficulties in part due to her daughter getting married.  Charles declared that ‘he had so much trouble with females in his property that he had got chary of them. He preferred a husband to be there also because difficulties might arise’.  The judge obviously felt some sympathy for Caroline as he stated ‘defendant would have been all right but for this dreadful and wicked and infamous war’. He adjourned the case until the afternoon to allow both parties to work out a solution.  Caroline’s solicitor Mr Papworth took personal responsibility for  payment of the outstanding £20, which Charles accepted but stated he ‘could not express himself as satisfied’.

In November 1918 he wrote a letter to the editor of the Cambridge Independent Press regarding three weather gauges on Regent Street, St. Mary’s Street and St. Andrew’s Street.  The letter said that he understood that during the war ‘the publication of the conditions of the weather was prohibited’ and also to save on labour requirements the three gauges had ceased working.  But he went on to state ‘now that the conditions of  peace have come is it too much to hope that soon these instruments will again be put in working order?’

Charles lived at 66 Jesus Lane until at least 1918, and died at 50 Jesus Lane, which was a Lodging House run by his daughter Selina.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Charles Bullock; Selina Anne Bullock