CFHS code : AL409

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of my dear husband CHARLES CHIDDENTON d 4 Jan 1895 age 63 also MARTINA CHIDDENTON his wife d 24 Apr 1924 age 85

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey


The headstone in March 2021.

This headstone in the parish of St Andrew the Less, stands roughly 10 rows east of the central path and a few rows south of the north path. The inscription is still legible.


In Loving Memory of my dear husband CHARLES CHIDDENTON who departed this life Jan 4 1895 aged 63 years
“Guard the precious treasure.
Ever faithful tomb.
Watch the faithful sleeper.
Till the master comes.”

Also MARTINA CHIDDENTON his wife who died  April 24 1924 age 85 years

Charles Chiddenton (1832 – 4 January 1895)

Charles was born in Cambridge and married Phoebe Dunstar (1829 – 1876) at St George’s Church in Hanover Square in 1856.  Charles and Phoebe had one son – Frederick Charles (1859-1882). Charles worked as a police constable and the family lived at 43 South Street.  His wife Phoebe died in 1876, and he married again in 1877 to Martina Stapleton.  Charles and Martina lived at 30 Kingston Street (1881) and then at Bedlow House, Cavendish Road (1891).

Charles’ name appears frequently in newspapers of the time in relation to various arrests and trials in Cambridge in the course of his work.  He had retired by 1891, and died at his home on Cavendish Road in 1895.

Martina Chiddenton  [née Stapleton] (1839 – 24 April 1924)

Martina was born in East Rudham in Norfolk.  She was the daughter of John and Mary Ann Stapleton and was baptised on 1st July 1839.  Her father worked as a servant. Aged 21 she was living at Market Place, Fakenham where she was a parlourmaid for solicitor George Watson and his family.  In 1871 she was working as a dressmaker and was a visitor to the Pierson family at 33 South Street (just five doors down from Charles and Phoebe Chiddenton).

She married widower Charles Chiddenton in 1877. After he died in 1895 she went to live at 211 Mill Road, and was living there when the census of 1901 was taken.  At that time she was working as a dressmaker.  She then lived with the Hickling family at 13 Ross Street (1911), and the census records her as  living on a ‘state pension’, presumably a police pension.  She died in April 1924 aged 85 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Charles Chiddenton; Martina Chiddenton