CFHS code : AL237

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ADELAIDE LOUISA FURBANK d Oct 2 1911 aged 65 also ALBERT EVELYN youngest son of the above d Aug 29 1889 aged 8 also FRANCES ELIZA eldest daughter of the above d Nov 21 1897 aged 18 also AMBROSE FURBANK husband of the above d Feb 27 1920 aged 70

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Adelaide Louisa Furbank (nee Kidman) (19 September 1844 – 2 October 1911)

Adelaide was born in Hardwick just outside Cambridge, and was the daughter of Sarah Kidman and William Rogers.  Her birth certificate shows her date of birth as in 1844, but in later years her date of birth was put at 1846, so she was actually 67 when she died rather than 65.  William Rogers occupation on the birth certificate is put as an agricultural labourer. She was baptised at Hardwick the same year. In 1851 aged 6 years old she was living at The Cottage in Dry Drayton with her mother and step father James Trevis.

Aged 16 years old she was a domestic servant in Dry Drayton to Richard Taylor and his family – Richard was a butcher and publican.  By 1871 she had moved to Cambridge and was a domestic servant to Allen Watson on 34 Market Hill.  Allen Watson was a tea dealer, and also employed Ambrose Furbank – Adelaide’s future husband.  Both were living at 34 Market Hill in April 1871 and married later the same year.

Adelaide and Ambrose had eight children: Henry Ambrose [1872-1926], Arthur Ernest [1873-1947], George Frederick [1875-1937], Frances Eliza [1879-1897], William Percival [1879-1949], Albert Evelyn [1881-1889], Mabel Grace [1883-1967] and Gertrude Olive [1885-1959].

The family lived at 3 City Road [1881],  Abbey Road [1891], Evelyn House 10 Montague Road [from at least 1897 onwards].  Adelaide died at Montague Road in 1911.

Ambrose Furbank (c.1850 – 27 February 1920)

Ambrose was the son of Henry and Eliza Furbank. He was born in Withersfield – a village between Cambridge and Haverhill.  He was baptised in Withersfield on 7th April 1850.  Henry Furbank was a cordwainer/shoemaker but he sadly died in 1859 when Ambrose was 9 years old.  In 1861 Ambrose was living at home with his widowed mother and brother George. Eliza was the sub postmistress in Withersfield  and George was a ‘letter carrier’.

In April 1871 Ambrose was also living at 34 Market Hill and was a grocer’s assistant.  He continued to work as a grocery manager throughout his life.

Ambrose remarried in 1916 to Sarah Davies.  He died at Montague Road in February 1920 aged 70 years old.  He was clearly well thought of and the Cambridge Daily News ran an obituary of his life on 2nd March 1920:

Mr Ambrose Furbank, who died on Friday evening at his residence, 10, Montague Road Cambridge was a well-known and much-respected member of the staff of Messrs. Matthew and Son Ltd, Trinity Street having been in the service of the firm for nearly 45 years. Soon after the acquisition by Messrs. Matthew and Son of the business of Messrs. Lincoln and Son, Sidney Street, Mr Furbank became the manager of that establishment, a position which he retained until the closing of the shop during the war.  He had been in failing health for some months past, and became seriously ill on February 1st, the day on which he retired from the business.  He was well known as a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters, and had been treasurer of Court Equity for about 30 years. He was a regular attendant at Christ Church, where he has been for some years a sidesman and a member of the Church Council.  Mr Furbank was an enthusiastic beekeeper and a member of the Cambs. Beekeepers’ Association.

Albert Evelyn Furbank (February 1881 – 29 August 1889)

Albert was brought up at 3 City Road, which is where the Furbank family were living at that time.  He appeared on the 1881 census, but died at City Road aged 8 years old.

Frances Eliza Furbank (1879 – 21 November 1897)

Frances lived at City Road [1881] and then Abbey Road [1891] but died at the family home at Montague Road aged 18 years old.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/newspaper archives

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Adelaide Louisa Furbank; Albert Evelyn Furbank; Ambrose Furbank; Frances Eliza Furbank