CFHS code : HT515

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : west face; In Loving Memory of SARAH wife of THOMAS EDWARDS d December 19th 1856 in the 57th year of her age also of THOMAS EDWARDS d October 30th 1868 in the 74th year of his age also of FREDERICK son of the above d October 6th 1871 in the 31st year of his age also of HARRIET daughter of the above d December 18th 1886 in the 61st year of her age: east face; In Loving Memory of HENRY EDWARDS b March 4 1833 d November 10 1893 also of SOPHIA EDWARDS b Sept 15 1832 d April 7 1895 also of FANNY EDWARDS b May 26th 1845 d Feb 25th 1909 also of CAROLINE EDWARDS b Nov 30th 1840 d July 16th 1913

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended  from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Although still a handsome monument this photo, taken in 2016, shows that the side pillars and curved top they supported have fallen.

This image of the west face taken by a family member several years ago.
This image of the west face taken by a family member in 1979.

Monument 

This headstone, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, is located on the east central path walking north. Although still a handsome monument the photo on the right, taken in 2016, shows that the side pillars and curved top they supported have fallen.

Inscription

west face

‘In Loving Memory of Sarah wife of Thomas Edwards who died December 19th 1856 in the 57th year of her age

Also of Thomas Edwards who died October 30th 1868 in the 74th year of his age

Also of Frederick son of the above who died October 6th 1871 in the 31st year of his age

Also of Harriet daughter of the above
who died December 18th 1886 in the 61st year of her age’

 

The east face of the monument Edwasrs Monument
East face of Edwards headstone

east face

‘In Loving Memory of Henry Edwards
born March 4 1833 died November 10 1893

Also of Sophia Edwards born Sept 15 1832 died April 7 1895

Also of Fanny Edwards born May 26th 1845 died Feb 25th 1909

Also of Caroline Edwards born Nov 30th 1840 died July 16th 1913’

“For ever with the lord”

Sarah Edwards (née Lambert) (d 1856)

Thomas Edwards  (c. 1794 – d 1868)

Thomas was born in Chatteris and came to Cambridge as a young man to work as a cabinet maker. He had premises at 10 Market Street. By 1839 he was also a paper hanger/decorater and it was this business that he expanded and continued till his death at the age of 74.

Edward and Sarah married in St Clement’s Church, Cambridge on December 12th 1817. They lived in King Street, Sussex Street and Hobson Street before finally settling in Market Street. They had twelve children, six of whom are also buried here. Five children died before Mill Road Cemetery was opened and are presumably  buried in the city churchyard of Holy Trinity. George, their third child, became a soldier and died in the Crimea in 1855. He sent this letter shortly before he died.  George Edwards’ letter

None of the children of Sarah and Thomas married. The census records suggest that the whole family were involved in the business.

Frederick Edwards  (1837- 871)

Frederick became a painter but died in Fulbourn Hospital in his early 30s.

Harriet Edwards (1826-1886)

When she died at the age of 61, Harriet was living at the family home in Market Street, Cambridge.

Henry Edwards (1833-1893)

The business was carried on by Henry at the same address, trading as H Edwards and Co, until Henry died in 1893.

This advert appeared regularly in the Cambridge Independent Press.
This advert appeared regularly in the Cambridge Independent Press.

Following the closure of the business the premises were taken over by Eaden Lilley, who already operated from shop next door.

Sophia Edwards (1832-1895)

Sophia was living at The Causeway [Maids Causeway, Cambridge] when she died at the age of 63.

Fanny Edwards (1845-1909)

Fanny died at the age of 73 and was living at 64 Maids Causeway, Cambridge.

Caroline Edwards (1840-1913)

Caroline died at 32 Maids Causeway,  Cambridge. She was 73. In her will she left £500 to place a stained glass window in Holy Trinity church.

The window in Holy Trinity Church commissioned by Caroline Edwards.
The window in Holy Trinity Church commissioned by Caroline Edwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:
CFHS Census and Parish transcripts
Cambridge Independent Press 1865

by Mary Naylor from information received from Dave Edwards

Caroline Edwards; Fanny Edwards; Frederick Edwards; Harriet Edwards; Henry Edwards; Sarah Edwards; Sophia Edwards; Thomas Edwards