CFHS code : PL293

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Memory of MAY younger & beloved daughter of ARTHUR & CLARA HANCOCK d 8 June 1894 aged 15 also of CLARA d 28 Aug 1927 also ARTHUR EBENEZER HANCOCK (husband) d 10 Feb 1933 aged 79 also FLORENCE MARY SHIPPEY widow of GEORGE HAROLD SHIPPEY and elder daughter of above d 7 May 1961 aged 83

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Hancock and Shippey headstone 2015


3 rows east of the west path, just past the lodge. This area photo was taken after clearance in 2015. The area is now overgrown.


In Memory of May younger & dearly loved daughter of Arthur and Clara Hancock
Who died June 8th 1894 aged 15 years

“And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which we have loved long since and lost awhile.”

Also of Clara the beloved wife of Arthur Hancock who fell asleep 28th August 1927

Also Arthur Ebenezer Hancock husband of the above
who fell asleep Feb 10th 1933 aged 79 years
“My grace is sufficient for thee”  11 Cor x11.12
Interred in Hampstead Cemetery

Also of Florence Mary Shippey widow of George Harold Shippey
and elder daughter of the above passed away on 7th May 1961 aged 83 years

Clara Ann Hancock [nee Bartlett]  (c.1857 0 28 August 1927)

Clara was born in Burton Bradstock in Dorset. She was the daughter of John and Mary Bartlett, and grew up in the village, which is located half a mile inland from Chisel Beach. Her father was a mariner, and later Captain, but he had died by the time Clara was fourteen years old.  She married Arthur Ebenezer Hancock at St. John’s Church in Deptford on 27th July 1876.

Arthur worked as a clerk for the Inland Revenue, and was living in Exeter at the time of the marriage.  The couple returned to live in Exeter and lived there until at least 1881. Clara and Arthur had three children: Florence Mary [1877-1961], May [1879-1894] and Herbert Arthur [1881-1941].  All the children were born in Exeter.  By 1891 the family had moved to Cambridge where Arthur continued to work for the Inland Revenue.  They lived at Warkworth Terrace [1891-at least 1911], and then at 30 Tenison Avenue [at least 1914-1920].

By 1923 Clara and Arthur had moved to Hampstead. She died at their home, 2 Minster Road aged 70 years old.

Arthur Ebenezer Hancock (1853 – 10 February 1933)

Arthur was born in Ipswich.  His parents were Ebenezer and Martha Hancock, and his father worked as a confectioner/sugar boiler.  He worked for the Civil Service, initially in the Inland Revenue department, but in 1911 his occupation was described as ‘clerk in Custom and Excise brance of Civil Service’.

He was left a widow aged 74 years old, and remarried two years later in 1929 to Rosa Augusta Parnell [1872-1953]. Rosa was a neighbour on Minster Road.  He died at home in February 1933, and was buried at Hampstead Cemetery on 15th February, but also remembered in Mill Road Cemetery, Cambridge.

May Hancock (1879 – 8 June 1894)

May was the youngest daughter of Arthur and Clara Hancock. She was born in Exeter, and died at home at Warkworth Villas, Cambridge just after her 15th birthday.  The Cambridge Independent Press announced her death on 15th June 1894 saying ‘after a short but painful illness May the younger and dearly-loved daughter of Arthur and Clara Hancock aged 15’

Florence May Shippey [nee Hancock] (9 October 1877 – 7 May 1961)

Florence was the eldest daughter of Arthur and Clara Hancock.  She was born in Exeter, but was living in Cambridge by the age of 14 [1891].  She married George Harold Shippey at St Andrews Baptist Chapel on 6th June 1899.  George Shippey was the son of George Shippey [Snr] and the Shippeys and Hancocks lived on the same street.  George Shippey worked in his family ironmongery business on Sidney Street.

The wedding received extensive coverage in the local press of the time, with the Cambridge Independent Press reporting it under the headline of ‘Interesting Wedding at Cambridge’.  Both families were said to be well known and respected within the town, and had been connected with the Chapel for some time. The newspaper went on to report ‘it was therefore not surprising to find that the ceremony was witnessed by a large congregation. It was a pretty scene with many dainty dresses and the edifice nicely adorned with palms and flowering plants, whilst the weather was that of a glorious summer’s day’.  Florence ‘wore a charming wedding attire. It consisted of a bodice and train of cream silk with underskirt of cashmere, trimmed with chiffon and orange blossoms.  She also wore a tulle veil with wreath [sic] of orange blossoms and carried a lovely bouquet of orange blossoms, lilies of the valley and numerous choice white blooms’.  The newly weds were given over 100 wedding gifts, all of which were documented in detail by the Cambridge Independent Press. The groom gave his bride a gold broach set with pearls and rubies, they received a couch, chairs, spoons, forks, curtains, cruet salt cellars and spoons etc from his parents.  Florence’s parents gave them a dining room sideboard and a cheque.

Florence and George had three children: May Florence [1900-1981], Irene Ruth [1903-1975] and Arthur George [1909-1994]. They lived at Hazelcroft, 27 Tenison Avenue and George continued to work in the family business.  They were still resident in Cambridge until at least 1920, but by 1939 were living in West London at 38 Coniston Gardens.  George was working as an ironmongery manager and stock taker at this time. George Shippey died in London in December 1940 aged 68 years old.

Florence was living at 6 Byron Avenue, Kingsbury at the time of her death in May 1961. She died at the Edgware General Hospital.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/newspaper archives.

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Arthur Ebenezer Hancock; Clara Hancock; May Hancock; Florence Mary Shippey