CFHS code : HT519

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of CHARLES CLAYDON d Jan 10 1860 aged 71 ELIZABETH b London widow of the above d Sept 1 1870 aged 79 remainder illegible

Monument : Stone cross/Ground slab

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Charles Claydon (c.1788 – 10 January 1860)

Charles was the son of Charles, who was Butler of Trinity College, and he was also Butler of Trinity College, a role he held for over 50 years. He married Ann Theodora Broadbelt (1791-1833) at St Mary the Great Church on 10 June 1811 and they had at least ten children: Charles Broadbelt (1813-1902), Ann Theodora (1815-1840), Rev. Henry (1817-1848), Frederick William (1819-1872), George (1820-1821), George Thomas Broadbelt (1822-1875), Octavius (1824-1892), Edmund Augustus (1828-1888), Albert Deciumus (1830-1872) and Elizabeth Sarah Christie (1833-1896).  The family lived at Poplar House,King Street and Ann Claydon died there on 9 June 1833. It is thought she died as a result of complications in childbirth with her youngest daughter Elizabeth and there is a plaque to her memory in the nave of St. Mary the Great Church.

He then married Elizabeth c.1839 and  in 1851 the family were living at King Street with four domestic servants. Charles died at home  and was buried on 21 January 1860.

His obituary read ‘Mr Charles Claydon, the well known butler or steward of Trinity College, the duties of which office he has discharged with singular fidelity and punctuality for the long period of half a century. Ever ready to assist in all charitable and benevolent objects, Mr Claydon was universally respected, not only in the college, where he held so important an office, but in the town and his death, although not unexpected, as produced much sympathy and regret’.

His son Frederick William Claydon was later appointed Butler of Trinity College.  Charles’ two young grandchildren are also buried at Mill Road Cemetery

Elizabeth Mary Claydon (1791 -1  September 1870)

Elizabeth was born in Newmarket, but little is known of her early life. (It is thought the incription is incorrect as census records show her birthplace as being Newmarket not London).  She died at Addenbrooke’s Place and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 6 September 1870.

From parish burial records it is known that Charles and Ann’s son Albert was also buried in the Holy Trinity area of Mill Road Cemetery and is believed to have been buried in the same plot.

Albert Decimus Claydon (1830-18 June 1872)

Albert was the youngest son of Charles and Ann. He trained as a surveyor and married Jane Sophia Brackenbury (1817-1897) on 21 October 1863  in Shouldham Thorpe, south of King’s Lynn, Norfolk. The couple lived at 36b Regent Street (1871) with two general servants. Albert was a surveyor/auctioneer and had offices at 19 Rose Crescent and also  served as Captain of No. 2 Company,  1st Cambridge Rifle Volunteers Corps. He died at Regent Street aged 42 years old although newspapers reported he had ‘been some time in failing health’. He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 22 June in a military funeral. The Rifle Corps gathered on Parker’s Piece at 10.30am and the corps then made their way to 36b Regent Street where the coffin was placed on the hearse – ‘the funeral pocession then moved off slowly towards the Cemetery,  the Band playing the ‘Dead March’ and the riflemen bearing their arms reversed. The officers of the corps acted as pall-bearers’. After the service thecompany shot the ‘customary three volleys over the remains of their departed officer’.

His widow returned to live in Shouldham and died there on 29 December 1897. She was buried  in Shouldham.



Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Albert Decimus Claydon; Charles Claydon; Elizabeth Claydon
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