CFHS code : AS233

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : SELINA FLOWER remainder illegible

Monument : Round Pillar (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Flower monument July 2017



Selina  Flower  (née Talbot) (1841- 20 February 1920)

Selina was the daughter of Henry and Sarah  (née Fromant)Talbot and was baptised on 4 February 1844 at All Saints’ Church. Henry was a printer and the family lived in Sussex Street (1851).  Her father died in 1854 and her mother then married John Gutteridge in January 1858 at All Saints Church.   In 1861 Selina was living with her mother at 33 Trumpington Street and working as a milliner.

She married widower Rev. Theophilus Flower (1824-1913) on 4 February 1879 at the Emmanuel Congregational Church. Theophilus was a congregational preacher and school master.  The couple had three children:  Violet Talbot (1880-1895), Rose Jennings (1881-1951) and a further child who died as an infant.  In 1881 Theophilus and Selina were running the Middle Class College in Epping, Essex before moving to live at 15 Station Street in Pontyridd, Wales (1891/1901).  In Wales Selina ran a private school, and Theophilus worked as a preacher.

They retired to live in Cambridge and in 1911 were living at the Manse in Great Shelford with  Baptist minister Frank Chiltern.  On the 1911 census Theophilus is noted as being a retired congregational minster, and Selina as ‘keeps husband in order’.  After he died in 1913 she moved to live at 213 Cherry Hinton Road and died at home aged 79 years old.

The funeral was held on 23 February at the Free Church, Cherry Hinton Road followed by internment at Mill Road Cemetery.  The Cambridge News reported that Selina ‘was for many years an ardent Christina worker, and assisted her husband the late Rev. Flower in his ministry at Pontypridd, South Wales.  She was highly respected both at Chesterton and Shelford where she and her husband resided, after having retired some ten years ago’.

We believe her father Henry is buried in the grave next to hers.



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by Claire Martinsen and Mary Naylor

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Selina Flower