CFHS code : MG113

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of FRANCES HAWKES Oct 28 1919

Monument : Stone cross (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.2022, 0.1381249 – click here for location

Plinth of Hawkes monument
Plinth of Hawkes monument


This broken cross is located three rows west of the east path towards the north of the parish. The carved inscription is badly eroded.


In Loving Memory of Frances Hawkes
Who [illegible] Oct 28 1919

Frances  Smith Hawkes (née Bailey) (1847 – 28 October 1919)

Frances grew up at 17 New Street and was the only daughter of Henry and Mary (née Smith). Her father worked as a brewer/publican and ran the Flower Pot pub.  Frances married Walter Hawkes (1844-) on 1 December 1869 at Christ Church.  Walter was a cattle dealer/butcher and they had one daughter: Frances Catherine (Kate) (1872-1962). The family lived at 61 Newmarket Road (1871) and then 14 Fitzroy Street (1881 onwards).

Frances died at Fitzroy Street  and was buried on 1 November 1919. The Cambridge Daily News reported that ‘there were many friends both in the chapel and at the graveside’.

Walter married for a second time on 29 September 1920 to widow Florence Ada Bailey (née Jones) (1885-).  It is thought that Florence’s first husband was a relative of  Frances Hawkes.  The couple married at Holy Trinity Church, Lambeth and Walter is believed to have died in the London area.


Mary the Great grave register P30/1/10 Cambridgeshire Archives


Newspaper archives

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Frances Hawkes