CFHS code : AL399

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : side 1 In Memory of SUSAN HICKS d June 26 1862 aged 65 side 2 In Memory of JAMES HICKS b May 15 1836 d Sep 11 1892 also of HANNAH wife of the above b Dec 8 1833 d March 2 1919 side 3 also of EDWIN SEARLE infant son of JAMES & HANNAH HICKS b Nov 14 1865 d Dec 4 1866 side 4 ILMO / Rev ARTHUR SEARLE HICKS MA / d March 17 1929

Monument : Kerb stones and large column on plinth

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20336831, 0.13788962 click here for location

Hicks grave
Hicks monument


Imposing monument in Ketton stone, with broken pillar draped with oak leaves, on tall square plinth with inscriptions on all four faces. It is located in the St Andrew the Less section of the cemetery, to the right of the centre path (going northwards) beyond the centre circle.


[west face:]
‘In loving memory of
James Hicks
born May 15 1836, died Sept 11 1892’

‘Also of Hannah
wife of the above
born Dec 6 1833, died March 2 1919’

[south face:]
‘In memory of
Susan Hicks
who died June 26 1862 aged 65 years’

[east face:]
‘In loving memory of
Rev Arthur Searle Hicks MA
who entered into rest March 17 1929’

“home is the sailor”

[north face:]
‘Also of Edwin Searle
infant son of James & Hannah Hicks
born Nov 14 1865, died Dec 4 1866’

James Hicks (1836-1892)builder – see also Life Story page

He was involved in the running of his family firm of builders from at least 1874 to his death in 1892. Hicks the builders was located at 47-52 City Road (near what is now the Grafton Centre). The firm goes back to at least 1867, when it was named E & J Hicks and later Alfred Hicks.

James was the son of John and Mary Hicks. He was born on 15 May 1836 and raised in March, Cambridgeshire. John Hicks was an agricultural labourer. James married Hannah Searle in 1859 and they had at least three children: Arthur Searle [1862-1929], Edwin Searle [1965-1866] and Edwin Searle II [1869-1915].
employing two men. In 1871 he was living at 53 City Road and was a builder. An Elijah Hicks [also a builder] was living at 52 City Road – possibly James’ brother, and the other half of E & J Hicks. The partnership was dissolved in December 1873 and James operated the business by himself from 52 City Road. The census of 1881 describes him as a builder employing 10 men. Newspaper reports show that he got a great deal of his work via the city council – paving, drainage and even bathing places at Coldhams Common [1860].

He died on 11 September 1836 at 52 City Road aged 56 years old. He left an estate worth £6,468 6s 6d, [800,000 at 2018 values]

Hannah Hicks  (nee Searle) (1833-1919)

Hannah was born on 6 December 1833 in Willingham and was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Searle. She was baptised in Willingham on 26th February 1837. Her father died when she was 11 years old, and aged 18 [1851] she was living with her widowed mother on Church Street in Willingham. She married James Hicks when she was 26 years old.

After being widowed she lived at 5 Belvedere Terrace [1901/1911] with her son Edwin. She then moved to Panton Street. She died aged 85 at the home of her son,  the Rev. Arthur Searle Hicks – The Vicarage, Astley Bridge in Bolton on 2 March 1919.

Susan Hicks (d 1862)

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Arthur Seale Hicks (1862 –  1929)

Arthur was born on 17 October 1862, the eldest son of James and Hannah Hicks. He was brought up at 52 City Road and went to school at the Perse School in Cambridge. He went up to Christ’s College in 1881, obtained his BA in 1884 and MA in 1888. He was ordaine as a priest in 1886. He was curate of Selly Oak in Birmingham [1886-1888], Curate of St Mary’s in Hulme, Manchester [1888-1898], Rector of St Stephen’s Harpurhey [1899-1909], Vicar of St Paul’s Astley Bridge, Bolton [1909-1926].

He married Kate Ransom [b 1866] in 1890. He was widowed – possibly around 1917 and married for a second time to Mary Hilda Scowcroft [1895-1982]. After leaving Astley Bridge, he moved to 188 Huntingdon Road and died there on 17 March 1929.

Edwin Searle Hicks (1865  – 1866)

Edwin was born on 14 November 1865, the second child of James and Hannah. He died on 4 December 1866.

By Ian Bent and Claire Martinsen

Arthur Searle Hicks; Edwin Searle Hicks; Hannah Hicks; James Hicks; Susan Hicks