CFHS code : PL442

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Memory of ELLEN MARIA ANDERSON d Dec 8 1923 age 59 also of LEWIS ANDERSON d Dec 3 1927 age 61

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Ellen Maria Anderson (née Kendall) (16 March 1864 – 8 December 1923)

Ellen was born in Croydon and baptised there on 8 October 1864. She was the daughter of Edmund and Margaret (née Morris) and grew up in Islington (1871) and Lewisham (1881). Her father was a clerk/woollen agent. Ellen married Lewis Anderson on 10 June 1890 at St. Mary’s Church, Lewisham and they had two children: Margaret Ellen (1891-1960) and Edgar Lewis (1895-1969). Lewis was a stained glass artist and they had moved to 3 Rathmore Road, Cambridge by at least 1893.  They later moved to Honoré, Cherry Hinton Road (at least 1911 onwards). Ellen died aged 59 years old and her funeral took place on 11 December 1923.

Lewis Anderson (17 June 1866 – 3 December 1927)

Newspaper advert April 1893

Lewis was the son of Thomas and Mary Jane (née Morrison) and was born in Bloomsbury.  He was baptised at St. George’s Church on 15 November 1866. His father was a law stationer and Lewis married Ellen Kendall aged 23 years old.

Lewis was head of W.H. Constable and Co,  Cambridge Stained Glass Works. The company had been founded in 1848 by W.H. Constable and after his death appears to have been aquired by Lewis c.1893. The company predominently worked on church windows and was said to have ‘been favoured with Royal patronage’ prior to Lewis taking it over. The Cambridge Chronicle and Journal wrote an advertorial piece in February 1893 which noted that ‘Mr Anderson has had a long experience in London; he is, therefore well qualified to keep up Mr. Constable’s reputation in the execution of church windows, and he is also prepared to do domestic work, in which he will be able to compete with London prices’. The newspaper wrote that ‘seeing the demand which is made for college arms in various styles, he has commenced to execute the crests of the Borough, University and colleges on glass shields, thus forming a kind of window decoration….he is also trying to discourage the use of the inevitable ‘bird and spray’ which is always associated with the ordinary stained glass panels and is preparing to substitute for it in the way of pretty designs in flowers and fruits’.  Lewis died at 248 Cherry Hinton Road aged 61. His son Edgar took over the running of the company after his father’s death.



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Ellen Maria Anderson; Lewis Anderson