CFHS code : AL417

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ROBERT HARDY d April 12 1887 also ANN wife of [Robert Hardy] d [6 September]1894 aged 70 also their daughter FLORA MERCY d Sep 27 1957 age 86

Monument : Headstone (broken)/Kerb stones/Urn/E/Coped stone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey


The monument in April 2021.

This  headstone broke many years ago and the inscription is now very hard to read. It lies in the parish of St Andrew the Less roughly 6 row east of the central path and 6 monuments south of the north path.


In Loving Memory of ROBERT HARDY who died April 12 1887

Also ANN wife of [Robert Hardy] who died  [6 ] September1894 aged 70

Also their daughter FLORA MERCY who died Sep 27 1957 age 86

Robert Hardy (15 October 1825 – 12 April 1887)

Robert was the son of Edward and Elizabeth (née Farrant). His father died in 1827 and he grew up with his mother and brother Samuel at 69 Cambridge Place. He married Ann Daniels in 1846 and they had at least thirteen children: Elizabeth (1848-), Robert John (1849-1916), Agnes (1851-), Walter (1853-1919), Isabella (1855-1937), William (1857-), Adelaide (1858-), Sarah Ann (1862-), Arthur (1862-1922), Henrietta  (1863-1932), Selina (also known as Caroline) (1865-1942), Ada Ann (1868-) and Flora Mercy (1871-1957).

Robert worked as a house decorator/glazier and the family lived at 12 Burleigh Place (1851), 8 Adam and Eve Row (1861) and 174 East Road (at least 1871 onwards).  In April 1880 he was accused ‘detaining the indentures of an apprentice, Richard Newman’ and taken to court under the Employees and Workmen’s Act.  The case was dismissed as he had returned the indenture to Richard before the case came to court.

In 1891 he was employing 2 men in his business, and sons William and Arthur were also working as house painters. He died at East Road in 1887.

Ann Hardy (née Daniels) (c.1824 –  6 September 1894)

Ann was born in Cambridge and married Robert Hardy when she was c.22 years old.  After she was widowed she lived at 174 East Road with daughters Isabella, Ada, Mercy and Henrietta (1891) and died there in 1894.

After Ann’s death the property was auctioned and was said to consist of: ‘sweet shop and office with painter’s shop over, and a dwelling house containing 8 rooms, known as Adelaide House’.

Flora Mercy Hardy (Mercy) (16 April 1871 – 27 September 1957)

Mercy was the youngest child of Robert and Ann.  In 1901 she was working as a cook to Alexander and Annie Macintosh and was living at Strathmore, Hills Road. By 1939 she was living by herself at 37 Railway Street and was documented as being a retired housekeeper. She died at Railway Street in 1957.



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Ann Hardy; Flora Mercy Hardy; Robert Hardy