CFHS code : BE1

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SOPHIA ISABELLA LEESON d March 9th 1901 aged 79 To the Dear Memory of HENRY WILLIAM FULFORD Priest Fellow of Clare College b Sep 9th 1854 d Dec 28th 1931 and of ROSA ELIZABETH his wife 1854 – 1932

Monument : Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey


There is a monument just to the west of the central path that could be the the correct one but it is covered in ivy and we have not been able to see the inscription. The Fulford monument in St Pauls is right next to it.


In Loving Memory of SOPHIA ISABELLA LEESON d March 9th 1901 aged 79

To the Dear Memory of HENRY WILLIAM FULFORD Priest Fellow of Clare College b Sep 9th 1854 d Dec 28th 1931

And of ROSA ELIZABETH his wife 1854 – 1932

Relationships: Husband, wife and aunt

Sophia Isabella Leeson (née Welsford) ( 19 June 1821 – 9 March 1901)

Sophia was born in London and was baptised at St James’ Church, Westminster on 4 July 1821.  Her parents were Henry and Jane (née Ousby) Welford, and she grew up with her siblings Henry, Elizabeth, Jane, Isaac and  Mary.  By 1841 the Welsford family were living in Cambridge.  Sophia and her sister Jane were both school mistresses in Grantchester when the census of 1851 was taken.  She married Samuel Brailsford Caulton Leeson (1821- ) at St Andrew the Great Church on 18 March 1853.  Samuel  was a graduate of St.Catherine’s college, Cambridge, but little else is known of his life.  The couple had one daughter: Sophia Sarah Jane (1854-1940) who was born in Cambridge.

Sophia was living at 28 St Mary Street with daughter Sophia and her brother and siblings in 1861.    In 1881 she was living at 28 Bateman Street with brother Henry, sister Elizabeth and daughter Sophia. The census records her as being married rather than widowed.  She died at Bateman Street aged 79 years old.

Henry William Fulford (9 September 1854 – 28 December 1931)

Henry was the son of  William and Mary (née Wilsford) Fulford.  He was born in London and baptised at Christ Church, Newgate on 6 October 1854. He attended the Perse School in Cambridge before being admitted to Clare College on 28 March 1873. He matriculated in Michaelmas of that year, gaining his BA in 1877 and MA in 1880.  In 1878 he married Rosa Woodbury in Exeter, Devon.
William held several roles within the College :
Fellow 1877-1931
Classical Lecturer: 1877-1907
Dean: 1884-1907
Praelector: 1884-97
Librarian: 1886-97
Junior Proctor: 1889-90
Senior Proctor: 1897-98
Select Preacher: 1880, and 1896

Henry was ordained as a deacon in Ely in 1877 and a priest in 1878. He and Rosa had five children: Rev. Francis Woodbury (1879-1941), Dorothy Elizabeth (1881-), Phyllis Mary (1883-1946), Clare Rose Langdon (1891-1933) and another unknown child who died young. From 1877 to 1881 he was a curate at St Paul’s in Cambridge and from 1883 to 1884 at St Edward’s.  During this time the family lived at 1 Pemberton Terrace (1881-) and later at 49 Bateman Street (1901).

From 1907 to 1912 he was a reverend in Datchworth, Hertfordshire and from 1912 to 1920 working in Crowmarsh Gifford with Newnham Murren, Oxfordshire. He then retired and returned to Cambridge in 1920 to live at 4 Scroope Terrace.where he died on 28 December 1931

He is described as a genial personality with a fine sense of humour and a scholar of wide knowledge and interests. He contributed to Hastings’ Dictionary and Encyclopedia and was the editor of Epistle of James, Galatians, Romans, Thessalonians etc.

Rosa Elizabeth Fulford (née Woodbury) (1854 – 13 April 1932)

Rosa was born in Exeter and was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Woodbury.  She grew up at Lower Mount Radford Terrace and her father was described as a fundholder/stock holder. She married Henry Fulford when she was 23 years old.  She died at Scroope Terrace six months after Henry aged 78 years old.

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Henry William Fulford; Rosa Elizabeth Fulford; Sophia Isabella Leeson