CFHS code : BO55 or ML48

Parish : St Botolph or St Mary the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY ANN ROSETTA CLARK d March 29th 1938 aged 64

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202842, 0.13792157 –  click here for location

Clark grave
Clark kerb stones

Monument

This set of kerb stones, in the parish area of St Botolph (CFHS identified it as being in the St Mary the Less area), is located north east of the centre circle, east of the north-bound central path, nine rows eastwards. It is currently heavily overgrown.

Inscription

‘In loving memory of Mary Ann Rosetta Clark
died March 29th 1938 aged 64’

Mary Ann Rosetta Clark (1874‒1938)

Mary was baptised at St Matthew’s Church, Cambridge on 15 April 1874. Her parents were Alfred Curwain, a draper’s porter (later wine merchant’s porter), and Elizabeth Curwain (née Osborne ‒ the couple were married in Chesterton, Cambridge in 1865), who were living on Gwydir Street (Petersfield) at the time. The couple had fifteen children in all, of whom three died early in life. Mary was the fourth child and second daughter. In 1881, the family was living at 29 Bradmore Street (off East Road), Cambridge. By 1891 they had moved to 66 Cavendish Road (Romsey Town). In 1901, Mary was a general domestic servant to Mary Anne Whithorn at 21 Parkside, and in 1911 was living with her widowed mother and 19-year-old brother Henry George at 20 Cavendish Road. (Alfred died in 1910 and Elizabeth in 1913, their deaths recorded at Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge.)

On 15 December 1919, at the age of 45, Mary married Frederick Charles Clark (b. 1893), shoeing-smith** of 1 Newnham [Street] (whose father, Ernest Joseph Clark, was a general blacksmith, and mother was Thirza Ellen). Nothing is known of their marriage or when Frederick died. She died on 29 March 1938, aged 64, and was buried at St Botolph’s Church and Mill Road Cemetery on 2 April 1938. In the burial register, she is described as:

CLARK Mary Ann Rosetta of Radium Institute 64

— Which radium institute is referred to here? There existed such institutions in London (founded in 1911), Manchester (founded in 1914) and Liverpool. Was Mary a cancer patient at one of these? Or had she moved home, and was she a worker there? (She was not an employee at the Manchester Radium Institute, but might have been at one of the other two.) Why was she buried at St Botolph’s? (Although in the marriage register she is described as ’spinster of this parish’, she seems never to have lived within the St Botolph boundaries.) However, at the present time, we know nothing of Mary’s life between 1911 and 1938.

** shoeing-smith = farrier: one who looks after the health of horses’ feet and hoofs—in those days, part-blacksmith, part-veterinary (Did Frederick serve as a shoeing smith in the First World War—see, e.g., Thomas Siddons Smith?)

[If you know anything further about Mary or the radium institute, please contact us at friendsofmillroadcemetery@gmail.com]

Sources:
Census reports 1871‒1911
St Botolph baptismal register
St Botolph banns register
St Botolph marriage register
St Botolph burial register
St Matthew’s baptismal register
Holy Trinity burial register
St Andrew’s Church, Chesterton marriage register
Communication from James Peters, Archivist, Manchester University Library

By Ian Bent and Mary Naylor

Mary Ann Rosetta Clark