CFHS code : AS180

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of RICHARD CROFT d Jan 25 1860 aged 65 he was for 30 years a true and faithful servant to CHARLES FINCH also of ELIZABETH MARY SPINK niece of the above d Feb 13 1879 aged 62

Monument : Headstone (broken)/Ground slab

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Croft and Spink headstone 2017

Monument

The headstone has been repaired and stands a few rows west of the central path.

Inscription

Sacred to the Memory of RICHARD CROFT who died Jan. 25. 1860. Aged 65 years
he was for 30 years a true and faithful servant to CHARLES FINCH

Also of ELIZABETH MARY SPINK niece of the above who died Feb. 13. 1879. Aged 62 years

Richard Croft (c.1784 – 25 January 1860)

Richard was the son of Richard and Elizabeth and was baptised at St. Clement’s Church, Cambridge on 2 February 1795. He married Mary Ann Humphreys (1794-1845) on 20 July 1820 at Holy Sepulchre Church. The couple lived at 4 Manor Street, between Jesus Lane and King Street and are not believed to have had any children.  Richard was a servant to Charles Finch Foster who was a  miller and corn/coal/timber merchant and served four terms as mayor of Cambridge.  Mary was a laundress who worked from Manor Street with her niece Elizabeth helping her (1841).

Mary Croft died in June 1845 and was buried at All Saints’ Church on 13 June 1845. Richard continued to live at Manor Street with his niece and two University lodgers (1851).  He died in January 1860 and his possessions were auctioned in March.  They consisted of ‘mahogany hair-seated chairs, two lounges to match; mahogany chest of drawers, bedroom chairs, carpets, 8-day clock…a few lots of books and pictures with other effects’.

Elizabeth Mary Spink (20 April 1816 – 13 February 1879)

Elizabeth was the daughter of William and Sarah (née Croft) and was born in Stepney, London. Her father was a baker and she was baptised at St. Dunstan’s Church, Stepney on 9 April 1820 at the same time as her younger sister Mary Maria Spink.  By 1841 she was living with her uncle and aunt in Cambridge and assisting in the laundry business. After his death she went to lodge at 40 Jesus Lane with Susan Hutt.  By at least 1871 she had moved to 42 Park Street where she ran her own laundry business, and died aged 62 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Richard Croft; Elizabeth Mary Spink