CFHS code : AL25

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SUSAN CANHAM wife of EBENEZER CANHAM d 17 Oct 1880 aged 47 also of EBENEZER CANHAM d 27 April 1887 aged 56 also of SARAH ANN CANHAM d 23 March 1932 aged 86

Monument : Stone cross (broken, on three stepped base)/Kerb stones (partly missing)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20418, 0.13751748 – click here for location

The monument in January 2020.


This plinth with broken cross is located  in the 2nd row to the east of the path as you enter the cemetery by the Norfolk St Gate and just where the path bends to the east. The inscription of metal letters is in good order.


In Loving Memory of SUSAN CANHAM wife of EBENEZER CANHAM died 17 Oct 1880 aged 47.

Also of EBENEZER CANHAM died 27 April 1887 aged 56.

Also of SARAH ANN CANHAM died 23 March 1932 aged 86.

“Rest in Peace”

Relationships: Husband, first wife and second wife.

Susan Canham (nee Pollard) (c.1833 – 17 October 1880)

Susan was born in Brighton, and was the daughter of Philip and Isabella Pollard.  She baptised in Brighton on 17th November 1833.  Aged 7 she was living at the White Lion Yard, Brighthelmstone in Sussex – Philip Pollard was working as a wheelwright.  She married Ebenezer Pollard in Brighton in 1853.  They had at least six children: Philip Ebenezer (1854-1891), Clara Isabella (1857-1899), Thomas Johnson (1860-1895), Henry John (1862-1931), Albert Edward (1868-1950) and Edith (1870-1943).

Initially they lived in Bermondsey, where Ebenezer was working as a tailor.  They moved to Cambridge around 1870, and in 1871 were running the Durham Ox pub at 83 Mill Road. Ebenezer was working as a publican and commission agent. They later moved to Falmouth House, 167 Gwydir Street, and Susan died there aged 47 years old.

Ebenezer Canham (12 April 1831 – 27 April 1887)

Ebenezer was born in Cambridge, but was baptised at the Countess of Huntingdon’s Free Church in Ely on 21st August 1831.  He was the son of tailor Thomas Canham and his wife Frances.  He grew up at 29 South Street in Cambridge.  Aged  19 he was living with his  uncle and aunt at 10 Princes Street in Shoreditch was working as a tailor alongside his uncle John Dearsley. In 1861 he was living with Susan and his three children in at 39 Nelson Street in the leather market area of Bermondsey and was still working as a tailor.

He was widowed in 1880, and in April 1881 was living at Falmouth House in Gwydir Street with son Henry [known as Harry] and a housekeeper.  On the 1881 census he was described as a cigar dealer.  Later that same year he married Sarah Ann Freshwater.  He died at his new home of Falmouth House, 15 Warkworth Street.  His probate describes him as a cigar dealer, but there are also indications that he was also still involved in the running of the Hopbine Pub on Fair Street at the time of his death.

Sarah Ann Canham (nee Freshwater)  (c.1845 – 23 March 1932)

Sarah was the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Freshwater. Edward was a horse dealer. She was born in Melbourn just outside Cambridge, and baptised there on 18th July 1847. In 1871 she was 26 years old and living with her sister and brother-in-law at the Green Man pub in Trumpington.  Her brother in law Nathaniel Holmes was the publican there, and Sarah was working as a draper’s assistant.  In 1881 just prior to her marriage to Ebenezer Canham she was the publican of the Red Lion pub in Grantchester. She married when she was c.36 years old.

She continued to live at 15 Warkworth Street after being widowed and ran it as a Lodging House with the help of her step-daughter Edith.  She died at Warkworth Street in 1832 aged 86 years old.  Her step daughter Edith continued to live at the house after Sarah’s death, and was later joined by her brother Albert Edward.  He died at the house in November 1950, by which time it had been in continuous occupation by the same family for over 63 years.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/newspaper archives

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Ebenezer Canham; Sarah Ann Canham; Susan Canham