CFHS code : PL228

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : ELLEN HUDSON b Feb 1 1821 d Jan 20 1865 PHILIP SAMUEL HUDSON b July 2 1815 d Sep 7 1888 EDMUND an infant son b Oct 11 1851 died same day AGNES MARGARET HEADLEY b Nov 21 1850 d Sep 19 1884

Monument : Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Hudson cross June 2020


This grey granite cross and plinth are located roughly nine rows east of the lodge and seven monuments to the north of the south path. The inscription of metal letters is in good order. We were not able to access the south face of the plinth.


east face
ELLEN HUDSON born Feb 1 1821 died Jan 20 1865

PHILIP SAMUEL HUDSON born July 2 1815 died Sep 7 1888

west face
EDMUND an infant son born Oct 11 1851. Died same day.

“So He giveth His beloved sleep.”

south face – presumed
AGNES MARGARET HEADLY born Nov 21 1850 died Sep 19 1884

Philip Samuel Hudson (2 July 1815 – 7 September 1888)

Philip was the son of Henry and Alice Hudson and was born in London.  He was baptised at St. Pancras on 26 June 1817 and married Frances King Taylor on 15 August 1840 in Brighton. By 1841 the couple were living at Maid’s Causeway in Cambridge.  They had one son: Henry Philip (1841-1922) who was born on 10 July, and Frances is believed to have died as a result of complications of the birth.  She was buried at Cherry Hinton on 31 July 1841.  

Philip married for a second time to Ellen Roberts and the couple had at least eight children: Philip Llewelyn (1845-1914), Hubert James (1847-1935), Ellen Mary (1848-1913), Agnes Margaret (1850-1884), Edmund (1851-1851), Edith Frances (1854-1945), Alfred Edmund (1856-1943) and Ernest Roberts (1865-1935).  Philip was college cook at Trinity College and the family lived at Hinton Cottage (1851) before moving to live at a house, known as ‘Hudson’s House’ and then simply ‘The Farm’ – located  at the corner of Hills Road and Cherry Hinton Road. 

As a college cook he employed the kitchen staff in his own right, and in 1861 was employing 4 clerks, 7 journeymen, 10 apprentices, 9 porters, 4 women and 1 boy.  In 1871 he was employing 42 men, 14 boys and 13 women.  By 1881 the payroll had expanded to also reflect the farm staff  (2 gardeners, 1 groom, 1 boy, 8 labourers and 2 women) as well as the college kitchen staff (39 men, 2 boys, 11 apprentices and 11 females) – a total of 77 employees.  His eldest son Philip Llewelyn worked with him in the kitchens at Trinity College.

Philip died at ‘The Farm’ aged 73 years old and left an estate valued at £53,040 (£4.8m at 2018 values). The property was auctioned in March 1889 and was described as ‘the largest block of freehold land close to the town of Cambridge and Railway station, now ripe for building purposes’.  It was said to consist of a house ‘together with substantial and commodious residence stabling and excellent gardens and pleasure grounds with numerous vineries and greenhouses, 3 cottages, valuable grass paddocks and rich garden land, now occupied for market garden purposes’.

Ellen Hudson (née Roberts) (1 February 1821 – 20 January 1865)

Ellen was the daughter of Rev. James and Mary Roberts.  She was born in Walthamstow, and baptised at St. Mary the Virgin Church on 21 June 1821.  She died at ‘The Farm’ aged 44 years old.

Edmund Hudson (11 October 1851 – 11 October 1851)

Edmund was the third son of Philip and Ellen and died as an infant.

Agnes Margaret Headly (née Hudson) (21 November 1850 – 19 September 1884)

Agnes was the second daughter of Philip and Ellen.  She married Lawrance Headly (1848-1924) at St. Paul’s Church on 18 June 1872.  Lawrance was the son of Edward Ind Headly  and  owned an iron foundry which made agricultural farm implements.  The couple lived at Camden Place (1881) and had at least four children: Hubert Lawrence (1873-1946), Ethel Agnes (1875-1957), Grace Ellen (1877-1953) and Winifred Margaret (Maggie) (1881-1955).  Agnes died in Eastbourne aged 33 years old.

Lawrance married for a second time to Louisa Annie Bland (1858-1923) in 1887 and they had one child: John Alexander (1888-1958).  The marriage does not appear to have been harmonious, as they largely lived separate lives. He died in Huntingdon at the home of  his daughter Ethel.
Although his name was actually Lawance (squired from his mother’s family)  Headly many records add an extra e before the y in Headly. 



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Agnes Margaret Headly; Edmund Hudson; Ellen Hudson; Philip Samuel Hudson