CFHS code : AL247

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of WILLIAM ROBERT GIFFEN who retired into rest August 16 1928 in his 74th year also of LYDIA his lamented wife who passed away November 21 1926 aged 70 a devoted wife and mother

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



William Robert Giffen (1854 – 16 August 1928)

William was born in Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth, a village fourteen miles south west of Cambridge, and just north of Royston and baptised there on 5 March 1854.  He was the son of Stephen and Elizabeth and grew up in the village where his father was a carpenter.  Aged 17 William was working as a carpenter’s apprentice. He married Lydia Lister on 4 January 1881 at St. Andrew the Great Church and they had six children: Constance Nellie (1882-1941), William Edward (1883-1953), Alfred George (1884-1960), Percy Albert Lister (1887-1938), Gertrude May (1890-1924) and one further child who died as an infant. The family lived at 17 Clarendon Street and he died at Mill Road Infirmary.

Lydia Giffen (née Lister) (1856 – 21 November 1926)

Lydia was the daughter of Edward (1826-1882) and Mary (née Poulter). She was born in Lambeth, and grew up at 3 Saville Place, where her father worked as a tailor. However the family later moved back to Edward’s  birth town of Cambridge, and lived at Earl Street. In 1911 Lydia was running a Lodging House from Clarendon Street. She died aged 70 years old.



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Lydia Giffen; William Robert Giffen