CFHS code : BO6

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : [side 1:] To the Memory of MARY the affectionate and beloved wife of RICHARD HARWOOD b July VI MDCCCI d March XXII MDCCCLXI also of the above RICHARD HARWOOD b April XXV MDCCC d June XVII MDCCCLXII [side 2:] To the Memory of ALFRED youngest son of RICHARD & MARY HARWOOD b Aug 31st 1846 d Nov 18th 1872

Monument : Square pillar surmounted by urn

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202929, 0.13760377 – click here for location

Harwood grave
Harwood monument


This square pillar on double plinth, with capital, surmounted by an urn with ivy draped, situated in the parish area of St Botolph, is located north east of the centre circle, on the eastern rim of the circular path.


[west face:]

‘To the memory of Mary
the affectionate and beloved wife of Richard Harwood
born July VI MDCCCI [6 July 1801] died March XXII MDCCCLXI[I] [22 March 1862]’

‘Also of the above Richard Harwood
born April XXV MDCCC [25 April 1800] died June XVII MDCCCLX[V]I [17 June 1866]’

[north face:]

‘To the memory of Alfred youngest son of Richard & Mary Harwood
born Aug 31 1846 died Nov 18 1872’

[east and south faces blank]

Mary Harwood (1801‒1862)

Mary was born in Great Stukeley, Huntingdonshire, on 6 July 1801. She married Richard Harwood on 10 January 1832, at the Church of St Mary & St Benedict, Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire and the couple had at least seven children (see below). Mary died 22 March 1862, aged 60. Her burial service took place at St Botolph’s Church and Mill Road Cemetery on 27 March.

Richard Harwood (1800‒1866)

Richard Harwood was born in Cambridge on 25 April 1800, the son of Taylor Harwood (1754‒1834), linen draper, and Mary Harwood, and was baptised at All Saints Church on 22 May of that year. Richard married Mary Edis on 10 January 1832, at the Church of St Mary & St Benedict, Huntingdon, Hunts.

The couple had at least seven children: Mary (bapt. 1833), Emily (b. 1833), Edis (bapt. 1839), Richard (1839‒39), Eliza (1841‒43), Alfred (1843‒72), and Ellen Isabel (b. 1845).

Richard was variously described as a ‛land agent’, a ‛land surveyor’ and a ‛land & estate agent’. The family lived at 76 Trumpington Street (the first house north of Little St Mary’s Lane, next door to the Emmanuel Congregational Church). They thus lived in the parish of St Mary the Less (Little St Mary ‒ in which their children were all baptised and the two infants and Taylor Harwood were buried), rather than St Botolph (where Richard, Mary and Alfred were buried). Richard died on 17 June 1866, aged 66, four years after Mary, and was buried on 21 June at St Botolph’s and Mill Road Cemetery.

Alfred Harwood (1846‒1872)

Youngest son of Mary and Richard Harwood, Alfred was baptised in July, 3 September 1843 in Cambridge. At the time of his death in 1872 aged 29, he was living at Emmanuel Road, Cambridge; his burial service took place at St Botolph’s Church and Mill Road Cemetery on 22 November of that year.

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Census reports 1841, 1851, 1861
St Botolph burial register
St Mary the Less baptismal and burial registers
All Saints baptismal register
UK Poll Books and Electoral Registers, 1538‒1893 (1780, 1826, 1830)

By Ian Bent and Mary Naylor

Alfred Harwood; Mary Harwood; Richard Harwood