CFHS code : MC21

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : In Loving Memory of CHARLES EDWARDS d Nov 30th 1930 aged 83 also HARRIET wife of the above d Jan 6 1934 aged 84

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202662, 0.13795681 – click here for location

This headstone and kerbs is in good order and although the lettering has bled into the stonework the inscription is still legible. Photo November 2013
Edwards monument November 2013

This headstone and kerb stones, located next to the path that runs east from the centre circle, are in good order.  Although stonework around the inscription has become discoloured it is still legible.


In Loving Memory of CHARLES EDWARDS
Who Passed away Nov 30th 1930 aged 83 years

“At Rest”

Also HARRIET wife of the above
Who passed away Jan 6th 1934 aged 84 years

Charles Edwards (c.1847 – 30 November 1930)

Charles was born in Southery, a village just outside King’s Lynn and was the son of shepherd William Edwards and his wife Sarah. Aged 13 he had moved out of the family home and was lodging in Feltwell, working as a shepherd.  By 1871 he was living in Stuntney, Cambridgeshire (a village between Ely and Soham) and still working as a shepherd.  He married Harriet Hall on 23 June 1872 at St. Paul’s Church, Cambridge.  The couple had six children: Florence (1876-), Mary Ann (1877-1968) Alice (1880-), Rosa Rebecca (1885-1973), Eleanor (1886-) and another child who died as an infant.

The family moved to live in Hitchin and in 1881 were living at the Sheep Yard in the town before moving to Dumb Hills (1891) also in Hitchin.  By 1901 they were living in Southend, and Charles changed career to become a delivery driver for the Anglo American oil company.   On the 1911 census the couple were living at 1 Princes Street in Southend, and Charles was documented as being an employer on the census of that year.  It is believed that the couple they moved to Cambridge in retirement – possibly to be nearer to their daughter Mary who had married college clerk Arthur Bowman and had settled in Cambridge.   Charles died in Cambridge at the age of 83.

Harriet Jane Edwards (née Hall) (c.1849 – 6 January 1934)

Harriet was born in Hilgay, Norfolk and was the daughter of William and Britania Hall.  She grew up in the village, where her father was an agricultural labourer.  Aged 21 she was living in Fordham, which lies very close to Stuntney where Charles Edwards was living (1871).  She was described on the 1871 census as being an unemployed general servant, and was living with her second cousin Thomas Elms. She married Charles when she was c.22 years old.

Harriet was living at 9 Cyprus Road in 1934, and died at 74 Chesterton Road aged 84.



by Claire Martinsen

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Charles Edwards; Harriet Jane Edwards