CFHS code : ML73

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : side 1 WALTER DODD d Feb 24 [18–] aged 44 side 2: JANE SARAH DODD / d July 10th 1885 / aged 6 years & 11months side 3: HENRY WALTER DODD / d April 10th 1918 / aged 49 side 4: LOUISA SUSANNAH DODD / d May 1 1919 / aged 70

Monument : Stone cross (broken)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon: 52.202679, 0.13750396 – click here for location

Dodd grave
Dodd monument


This broken cross within a set of kerbs is located within the parish area set aside for the parish of Mary the Less. It is 2 rows west of the path that runs round the centre circle The carved inscriptions on the plinth are badly eroded and difficult to read


east face
WALTER DODD died Feb 24 [1889] aged 44 years 

south face
JANE SARAH DODD  died July 10th 1885  aged 6 years & 11months

west face
HENRY WALTER DODD  died April 10th 1918  aged 49 years 

north face
LOUISA SUSANNAH DODD died May 1 1919  aged 70 years

Walter Dodd (1844 – 24 February 1889)

Walter was the son of John and Sarah Dodd. He was born in Rickinghall in Suffolk, and baptised on 24th December 1844.  By 1851 he was living in Cambridge, and his father was a fish hawker [sic].  He married Louisa Susannah Looker in 1866 when he was 22 years old.

Walter and Louisa’s lived at 7 Elm Street [1871] and then at 31 Trumpington Street [1881].  Walter worked as a cabinet maker.  They had at least six children together:  Nellie Louisa [1867-1921], Henry Walter [1869-1918], Florence [1872-], Annie [1875-], Jane Sarah [1877-1885] and Lilian Charlotte [1881-].  Walter died in 1889 aged 44 years old

Jane Sarah Dodd (1878 – 10 July 1885)

Jane was the fifth of Walter and Louisa’s children.  She died aged 6 years old.

Henry Walter Dodd (c.1869 – 10 April 1918)

Henry was the second of Walter and Louisa’s children.  After his father died he helped his mother run the furniture business and worked as a cabinet maker at 31 Trumpington Street [1891].  He married Edith Jeffrey in 1900. They had two sons: Walter Noel [1900-1991] and Harold Geoffrey [1904-1928].  Edith and Henry lived at Hauxton Mills, Hauxton and he continued to work as a cabinet maker.  He died in 1918 aged 49 years old.

Louisa Susannah Dodd [nee Looker] (c.1845 – 1 May 1919)

Louisa was the daughter of Charlotte and Abraham Looker.  Abraham was a bricklayer, but died in 1852 when Louisa was 7 years old.  In 1861 she was living at 4 Bradmore Street with her widowed mother and grandmother and two siblings. Her mothers occupation is noted as pauper-charwoman [sic].  She married Walter Dodd when she was 21 years old. She was widowed aged 44 in 1889 and then took over the business becoming a cabinet maker. In 1891 she was still at 31 Trumpington Street, but then moved to 1 Wheeler Street [1901].  In 1911 she was still at 1 Wheeler Street, but had changed it to be a picture framing shop. She died in 1915 aged 70 years old.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry

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Henry Walter Dodd; Jane Sarah Dodd; Louisa Susannah Dodd; Walter Dodd