CFHS code : ED66

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : In Peace ANN ELIZABETH GREEF of Kings Parade d Sep 28 [1885] age [85] also [ANN] MARIA GREEF daughter of the above d July 16 1884 age 53

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20318, 0.13713287  –  click here for location

Greef monument


The headstone, in the parish area of St Edward, is hidden by ivy. We have not been able to check the inscription which has been amended using the burial register, parish burial record and family records.


In Peace ANN ELIZABETH GREEF of Kings Parade died Sep 28 1882 age 75

Also ANNA MARIA GREEF daughter of the above died July 16 1884 age 53

Ann Elizabeth Greef (née Scaplehorn) (d 1885) 

Ann Elizabeth Greef was baptised in Holy Trinity Church on October 1st 1806. She was the second child of Robert and Anna Maria (née Ingle). Her parents died in Trinity Street so this may well be where she was brought up.
On 21st June 1827 at All Saint’s parish church in Cambridge, she married Thomas Greef (b 1801 Swaffham, Norfolk), the son and nephew of Thomas and Robert Greef, co-founders of the well known plumbing and glazing firm Westwood and Greef at 12 King’s Parade.  Thomas and Ann Greef had three known children: Thomas Robert Greef (1828-1846),  Anna Maria Greef (1831-1884) and Robert Thomas Greef (1834-1876).

Ann Elizabeth’s husband Thomas Greef inherited the plumbing business in 1837, but died the following year and would have been buried in the churchyard of the previous All Saints church, now All Saints garden, Trinity Street.  Ann took control of the firm, eventually with the help of her son Robert. In later life she shared companionship with her friend, an architect, John Edlin (designer of the frontage of  Cintra House on Hills Road) and died at their home at 4 Hills Road, Cambridge on 28th December 1882. She was buried on January 2nd 1883 in row 19 grave 9.

According to St Edwards grave register John Edlin (d 1891 aged 83) is buried in the next grave to the south, row 19 grave 8. Some kerb stones have been found but with no visible inscription.

Anna Maria Greef (1831 – 1884)

Anna Maria Greef, only known daughter of Thomas and Ann Elizabeth Greef, was born in Cambridge in 1831. She was baptised at St Benedict’s church, Cambridge on 17th February 1831. Anna did not marry and it is believed that she lived all her life with her mother Anna. Anna continued to live at 4 Hills Road until her death in the summer of 1884.

Anna’s first cousin Henry Greef Overton is also buried in Mill Road cemetery.

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CFHS parish and census records

Edited by Mary Naylor using information supplied by a descendant.

Ann Elizabeth Greef; Ann Maria Greef