CFHS code : HS114

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WALTER CHARTER d May 6 1935 age 89 also ELIZABETH his wife d Jan 20 1932 age 83 also son CHARLES HENRY CHARTER d March 26 1911 age 35

Monument : Scroll/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Charter headstone November 2018

One row west of the east path. Now hidden under a large bush of ivy. The headstone, kerb stones and flower holder are all in place.


In Loving Memory of WALTER CHARTER who died May 6th 1935 age 89 years

Also of ELIZABETH his wife who died Jan 20th 1932 age 83 years

Also their son CHARLES HENRY CHARTER who died March 26th 1911 age 35 years

Walter Charter (1846 – 1935)

Walter was born and bought up  in Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire. His parents were Thomas Charter, a carpenter, and his wife Elizabeth. Walter  became a carpenter like his father. In 1851, aged 4, he was staying with his grandfather William Theobalds and in 1861 was with his widowed mother in Steeple Morden.

Walter married Elizabeth Allen at St Andrew’s church, Chesterton, on August 4th 1869 and they moved into 8 Norfolk Buildings,  Gwydir Street where they raised at least six children: Walter Thomas (1872-1932), Lizzie Ann (1874-1928), Charles Henry (1875-1911), Thomas (1877-1938), George William  (1880) and Arthur John (1889-1933).

The family later lived at  Carlyle House, 20 Devonshire Road (at least 1891-1913). Walter worked as a carpenter/builder.  In 1888 he was working in a partnership with J. Runham and advertised as ‘builders and undertakers’.  He retired in 1913 and the house on Devonshire Road was auctioned and described as ‘an exceptionally well-built Villa containing 2 reception rooms, kitchen and usual offices, 4 good bedrooms all fitted with stoves, and two with wardrobe cupboards in recess…adjoining is a small plot of land with entrance gates to a substantially built store and workshop…the whole having a frontage of about 36ft with good depth as now in the occupation of Mr. W. Charter, Carpenter and Builder’.  Walter and  Elizabeth moved to live at 38 Cherry Hinton Road.

He was part of  the passive resistance movement and was opposed to the 1902 Education Act (otherwise known as the Balfour Act).  In this act funding for schools was moved to a more uniform basis.   Previously some schools were run by local school boards, and some were run by churches (either Church of England or Catholic).  The 1902 Act established local education authorities (LEAs) who were in charge of paying school teachers and ensuring they were sufficiently qualified.  They paid the teachers in church schools, with churches providing and maintaining the school buildings and providing religious instruction.  Members of the Baptist and Methodist Churches ran a campaign of passive resistance for many years after the introduction of the Act, whereby they withheld the educational element from their taxes. They objected to their taxes being used to educate children in a religion different to their own, and were also unhappy at loosing previous involvement on the now abolished school boards.

In March 1909 Walter was summoned to the Cambridge Borough Police Court with 23 other ‘prominent Free Churchmen and others’ for non payment of 6s, 7d. He died at 38 Cherry Hinton Road.

Elizabeth Charter (née  Allen) (c 1848 – 1932)

 Elizabeth was the daughter of John Allan, a builder, and his wife Betsy. She was born and brought up in Swavesy, Cambridgeshire and died at 38 Cherry Hinton Road.

Charles Henry Charter (d 1911)

Charles was the third child of Walter and Elizabeth. In 1891 he was working as a draper’s assistant. He died at 79 Parkstrasse Garenhaus, Berlin aged 35 years old and  is believed to have been married.

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