CFHS code : AL501

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Affectionate Memory of EMILY JANE BUNNETT d May 8 1895 aged 55 also HERBERT EDWARD BUNNETT d Aug 25 1897 aged 34 and of EDWARD WILLIAM BUNNETT d Jan 1 1915 aged 73

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Emily Jane Bunnett (née Sewell) (1839 – 8 May 1895)

Emily was the daughter of James Critten Sewell (1809-1875) and Mary (née Avey)(1810-1877). Her father was a boot and shoemaker and she grew up at 88 Fitzroy Street where he had a shop. She maried Edward Bunnett in 1862 and they had at least three sons: Herbert Ernest (1863-1897), Ernest James (1865-1949) and Rev. Arthur Willie (1867-1951).  Edward was a cabinet maker and they lived at 131 Fitzroy Street. Emily died at Fitzroy Street ‘after a painful illness, borne with great Christian fortitude’ and her funeral was held on 11 May.

Herbert Edward Bunnett (1863 –  25 August 1897)

Herbert was the eldest son of Edward and Emily and attended Hobson Street Sunday School.  In June 1878 he won a prize of 7s, 6d for 1st place in the Middle division of the annual Sunday School examinations. Over 150 pupils entered, and there were 4 prize winners. Herbert worked with his father as a cabinet maker/upholster and married Annie May Cater (1874-1943) on 2 March 1897 at the Hills Road Wesleyan Chapel. The ceremony was conducted by his brother Rev. Arthur Willie Burnett, but Herbert died at 131 Fitzroy Street less than 6 months after the wedding.

His widow Annie married for a second time in 1903.

Edward William Bunnett (29 April 1841 – 1 January 1915)

Edward was born in King’s Lynn and baptised at St. Margaret’s Church on 21 May 1841.  He was the son of Jacob (1817-1902) and Eliza (née Thompson)(1817-1850). His father was a ‘professor of dancing’ and the family lived at White Lion Court in King’s Lynn. Jacob married for a second time in 1851 and in 1861 the family were living at Bradmore Street, and Jacob was working as a journeyman cabinet maker – Edward also worked as a cabinet maker.  He was a devoted and dedicated member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, and youngest son Arthur was a Methodist Minister. Edward was also a member of the Cambridge Liberal club, and served as an overseer in the parish of St. Andrew the Less.

After Emily’s death he married widow Emma Cawthorn (née Glasscock) (1847-1915) in  Heacham, Norfolk on 25 May 1896. The couple  lived at 82 Chesterton Road and Edward continued to run the business at Fitzroy Street. He was ill for some time before his death aged 73 years old and died on New Year’s Day 1915 of heart failure. The funeral was held at the Wesleyan Church, Christ’s Pieces and his obituary said he was a ‘well known Cambridge Wesleyan’. The Cambridge Independent Press said ‘for over half a century he had been in business in Fitzroy Street as a cabinet maker and furniture dealer…his death is deeply deplored throughout the domination in which he had always worked zealously and with notable devotion. He had held offices in the Wesleyan Church and his services in several capacities will be much missed…Mr Bunnett was widely known and he was highly esteemed by all with whom he came into contact. Thoroughness in all he undertook was a trait in his character that was much admired. As a workman he was always efficient and conscientious and he was esteemed for his integrity of character’.



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Edward William Bunnett; Emily Jane Bunnett; Herbert Edward Bunnett