CFHS code : ML8

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of NAOMI the affectionate wife of JAMES DAY d March 16th 1874 aged 40 also of SARAH ANN second wife of the above d Jan 9th 1920 aged 86 also of JAMES DAY d Feb 4th 1927 aged 93

Monument : Headstone (top broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Day grave
Day headstone



Naomi Day (née West)  (1833 –  16 March 1874)

Naomi was born in Arlesey, Befordshire and baptised there on 27 May 1833. She was the daughter of butcher William West and his wife Elizabeth and in 1851 was working as a servant in Godmanchester. By 1861 she was living at St. Peter’s Terrace in Cambridge, where she was a housemaid in the household of George and Sarah Leapingwell.  She maried James Day in 1866 and they lived at 10 Fitzwilliam Street (1871). James worked as a college servant and they are not believed to have had any children. Naomi died just before her 41st birthday.

Sarah Ann Day  (née Whitby) (c.1833 – 15 January  1920)

Sarah was born in Cambridge and was the daughter of Henry and Jane.  She grew up at 6 Eden Place (1841) and Albert Street (1851/1861). Her father died in 1850, and her mother then worked as a laundress and  Sarah  as a dressmaker/tailoress. She married Robert Crawley (1839-1871) on 29 April 1862 in Bloomsbury and they had two children: Robert (1866-) and Mary Anne Lilly (1868-1945).  Robert was a baker and the couple lived at 16 Fitzwilliam Street. After she was widowed in January 1871 Sarah ran a Lodging House from Fitzwilliam Street before marrying her neighbour James Day in c.1877. They lived at her house at number 16, and she continued to run it as a Lodging House until at least 1911, before moving to 55 Lensfield Road.  She died at home and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 19 January.

James Day (1833 – 4 February 1927)

James was born in Guilden Morden, a village sixteen miles south west of Cambridge  and eight miles west of Royston. He was the son of Joseph and Mary (née Oakley) and in 1861 was working as a footman for Henry Philpott, Bishop of Worcester and Master of St. Catherine’s College.  He later worked as a college servant, presumably still at St. Catherine’s.

In August 1893 he charged three boys with stealing four apples from his garden.  George Buttress had suspected the boys and had asked them (aged 8 to 11 years old) to turn out their pockets and show him where they had stolen the apples from.  The Bench ‘reprimanded the lads, and on the promise of the parents to thrash them, dismissed the case’.

He was said to have been ‘superintendant of the Ragged School’ for many years and died aged 93 years old.



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James Day; Naomi Day; Sarah Ann Day