CFHS code : AG489

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : ANN wife of CHARLES CARTER d [13 May] 1884 aged 60 also CHARLES COOPER CARTER d 29 Dec 1916 in his 82nd year also ALICE BRYANT CARTER daughter d 5 Dec 1921 in her 62nd year

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20294009, 0.13716645 – click here for location

Carter headstone


This limestone headstone, in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, is located west of the central path north of the centre circle (find the cruciform copestone for Andrew Craik close to the path, then go westward seven rows of graves). Alternatively, on the path from the centre circle to the western path, on the right-hand (north) side, find the tiny set of kerb stones for Janice Mary Atkin, then go north eight graves.


[nimbus, with ‘ihs’ within]
‘Ann wife of Charles Carter died [13 May] 1884 aged 60’
‘Also Charles Cooper Carter husband of the above died 29 Dec 1916 in his 82nd year’
‘Also Alice Bryant Carter daughter of the above died 5 Dec 1921 in her 62nd year’

“Thy …. so shall …………..”

Charles Cooper Carter (c.1835‒1916)policeman – see also Life Story page

Charles was born c.1835 in the village of Melbourn (southwest of Cambridge). He was the eldest child of John Carter (1810‒82) and Rebecca Cooper (1814‒87), both of them life-long Melbourn residents. Charles was baptised in Melbourn on 9 August 1835. Charles had four brothers and four sisters. In 1851 he was still living in the village, working as an agricultural labourer.

On 9 June 1855, he married Ann Bryant at St Mary’s Church, Islington, London. The couple lived at 9 Bath Place, Islington (now demolished), Charles working as a coachman. In 1859 Charles joined the Cambridge Borough Police Force, and in 1861 the couple were living at 9 Downing Lane (or Place), Cambridge, Charles having the rank of police constable. He remained at that address into the 1890s. Ann died in 1884 at the age of 60. Charles and Ann had three children: Matilda Anne (1857‒1915, buried elsewhere in this cemetery), Augusta Jane (1858‒1930), and Alice Bryant (buried in this grave).

In 1885 Charles married again ‒ to Mary Ann Watson (c.1846‒1905). They lived at 9 Downing Place until at least 1891. Charles retired from the police force in 1895 and by 1901 the couple were living at 56 Mawson Road (Petersfield), Cambridge. In 1905 Mary Ann died.

In 1906 Charles married for a third time ‒ to Ann Taylor Dawkins of Exning, Suffolk. By 1911, they were living at 62 Newmarket Road, Cambridge. Charles died on 29 December 1916, aged 82 and Ann Taylor Carter died a few weeks later. Charles was buried in Mill Road Cemetery on 2 January 1917, with family and members of the police force in attendance.

Ann Carter (née Bryant) (c.1819‒84)

Ann was born c.1819 in Sarratt, Herts. She was the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Bryant. In 1881, as Charles’s first wife, she is named a needlewoman. She died on 13 May 1884, aged 60.

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Alice Bryant Carter (1860‒1921)

Alice was the daughter of Charles and Ann Carter. She was born in Cambridge in 1860. She was a dressmaker. She remained unmarried and lived with her parents for most of her life. She died on 5 December 1921 at 45 Emerald Street Leicester, but had at the time been living with her sister Matilda’s family at 57 Sidney Street, Cambridge.

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Census reports 1851‒1911

By Iain Mills (with Ian Bent)

Alice Bryant Carter; Ann Carter; Charles Cooper Carter