CFHS code : AG400

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : Rememberance FRANCES MARY MAY COWLES d Dec 21 1940 age 64 SYDNEY RANNER COWLES d Jan 20 1959 age 82 also MARGARET COWLES daughter d 14 Jun 1975 age 68

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument in 2017


These kerbstones with centre slab are close to the centre circle. I plot to the north of the east west path. They are ingot order and the inscriptions intact although some are hidden by grass.



FRANCES MARY MAY COWLES died Dec 21 1940 age 64

SYDNEY RANNER COWLES died Jan 20 1959 age 82

raised slab
Also MARGARET COWLES daughter died 14 Jun 1975 age 68

Frances Mary May Cowles (née Moore) (21 October 1876 – 21 December 1940)

Frances was the daughter of Walter and Elizabeth and grew up at 16 Bentinck Street (1881) and Hertford Street (1891).  Her father worked as a printer/compositor and aged 24 (1901) Frances was working as a housemaid on Adams Road in Cambridge. She married Sydney Cowles in the summer of 1901 and they had two daughters: Winifred May (1902-1984) and Margaret Edith (1906-1975). Both girls were born in Cambridge, but by 1910 the family had moved to 179 Hampton Road in Ilford where Sydney worked as an insurance clerk.  They never returned to live in Cambridge and lived at 58 Castle View Gardens  in Ilford (at least 1935 onwards), where Frances died aged 64 years old.

Sydney Ranner Cowles (7 February 1876 – 20 January 1959)

Sydney was the eldest child of Walter and Fanny (née Gilby) Cowles and was raised at 56 City Road (1881) and 8 Christ’s Lane.  His father was a college servant, and by the age of 15 Walter was working as an insurance clerk.   He died at 58 Castle View Gardens in Ilford aged 82 years old.

Margaret Edith Cowles (19 November 1906 – 14 June 1975)

Margaret was the youngest daughter of Frances and Sydney and lived at home with her parents.  In 1939 she was working as an assistant secretary for the local council.  She died at Castle View Gardens aged 68 years old and was buried with her parents after cremation.



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CFHS grave register transcription

by Claire Martinsen

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Frances Mary May Cowles; Margaret Cowles; Sydney Ranner Cowles