CFHS code : AG460

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Affectionate Memory of FREDERICK DEWBERRY MUSB Borough Organist 1882 – 1907 and for 35 years Organist of St Andrew the Great d Jan 26 1907 aged 58 also AMELIA ANNE widow of FREDERICK DEWBERRY d May 24 1935 aged 84

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Dewberry monument May 2017


The cross, in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, stands under a large tree to the north west of the centre circle. It is in reasonable condition but the top of the cross is missing and some of the lettering is damaged. The monument has been restored since the CFHS survey.


east face of plinth

‘In Affectionate Memory of FREDERICK DEWBERRY MUSB
Borough Organist 1882 – 1907 and for 35 years Organist of St Andrew the Great
died Jan 26 1907 aged 58 years’

This memorial has been erected by many of his friends.

west face

died May 24 1935 aged 84 years”

Related Grave: William Charles Dewberry Frederick’s elder brother is buried two rows to the west.

Frederick Dewberry (c.1848 – 26 January 1907) 

Frederick was the third child of James, a shoemaker, and Sarah Dewberry of Rose Crescent, Cambridge. He was baptised at St. Clements Church on 31 March 1850. From the age of seven he was a chorister at Trinity College, and studied the organ there under Dr.Hopkins.  When he was 20 he became organist and choirmaster of Gonville and Caius College until 1892.  From 1871-1873 he was organist and choirmaster of St. Michaels Church, and he held the same role at St. Andrew the Great from 1873 until his death. He married Amelia Anne Wallis at St Michael’s on July 16th 1872, and they had four children: Adelina Kate Amelia (1873-1962), Agnes Elizabeth (1875-1937), Constance (1876-1941) and another child who died as an infant. The family lived at 2 Emmanuel Road.

Frederick played an extremely prominent role within the musical world in Cambridge. He was the first person to receive the diploma from the London Royal Academy of Music for the organ (1883), received a Batchelor of Music from Gonville and Caius (1885) and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (1887).  He played a key role in the Festival Choir, revived the Cambridge Choral Society, and also played a role in the Cambridge Orchestral Society. When the organ in the Guildhall was bought he was appointed Borough Organist in February 1883 on a salary of £10 per annum. He also taught music.

He gave a great number of solo recital concerts in the town which were advertised in local newspapers and typically had an small entrance fee of 6d.  For example on 22 April 1889 one of his concerts was announced in the Cambridge Daily News: ‘this evening Mr F. Dewberry, Mus. Bac. the borough organist has arranged to give another of his popular organ recitals on the Guildhall organ.  These recitals are usually amongst the most enjoyable of the entertainments given in the building; and doubtless as Monday is a public holiday and Cambridge can boast of large numbers of lovers of music, the hall will be crowded’

In 1904 he was appointed onto the Board of Guardians for St. Andrew’s Ward and was also a prominent Freemason.  He was re-appointed as Borough Organist at the Council meeting on 1 January 1907 but was already very ill at that point.   At the meeting Alderman Spalding spoke that ‘he was expressing the feelings of every member of the Council when he said how deeply they sympathised with Mr. Dewberry and his family in the very serious illness which had befallen him. He sincerely hoped that Mr. Dewberry’s life would be spared for some time longer’.  In fact Frederick had been ill since 1905 and had undergone three operations, and was not able to regain health.  He died aged 59 years old at his home.

Amelia Anne Dewberry (née Wallis) (1849 – 24 May 1935)

Amelia was the child of John and Sarah Wallis. She grew up on East Road where her father was an estate agent. John Wallis died in 1860 and her mother then ran a Lodging House at 2 Emmanuel Road which was to later become the Dewberry family home.  She married Frederick when she was 22 years old. After she was widowed she lived at Emmanuel Road with daughter Agnes who was a music teacher, and died there in 1935.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Amelia Ann Dewberry; Frederick Dewberry