CFHS code : HT211

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of RICHARD HILLS some lines illegible FRANCIS GUIVER HILLS line illegible d June 3rd 1942 aged 67 also his wife GRACE ETHEL HILLS d January 14th 1964 aged 84

Monument : Headstone (broken and weathered)/ Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Richard Hills (1830 – 6 April 1893)

Richard was born in Great Chesterford and baptised there on 28 July 1830. He was the son of agricultural labourer Richard and Rebekah and aged 21 was working as a miller and living with his widowed mother.  He married Susannah Burnand on 15 October 1854 at St. Paul’s Church, Cambridge and they had at least nine children: Elizabeth Susannah (1855-), Emily Maria (1857-1926), Richard Robert (1859-1917), Ann Sophia (1862-1922), Laura Rebecca (1864-1929), Herbert John (1868-1939),  Grace Alice (1870-1935), Francis Guiver (1874-1942) and Maud Mary (1877-1951). In 1861 the family were living at 15 Queen Street and Richard was working as a miller. They had moved to 11 Bateman Street (The Bateman Arms) by 1871 and he was an engine driver/publican. The family then moved to live at 38 King Street (The Champion of the Thames) and Richard was a watchmaker/publican (1881). He died at King Street aged 62 years old.

From Parish burial records it is known that Richard’s wife Susannah was also buried in the same grave.

Susannah Guiver Hills (née Burnand) (1835 – 17 March 1899)

Susannah was the daughter of John Hill Burnand (1785-1850) and Sophia (née Guiver) and was born and raised in Sawston.  After she was widowed she remained at 38 King Street/The Champion of the Thames and in 1896 was listed in town directories as a beer retailer.  She was buried at Mill road Cemetery on 22 March 1899

Francis Guiver (Frank) Hills (14 September 1874 – 3 June 1942)

Francis was the son of Richard and Susannah Guiver Hills, and brother of Herbert John Hills.  He was born in Cambridge, and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 13th January 1875.   He also worked as a watchmaker and by the age of 17 [1891] was assisting his father in the business. His parents had both died by 1899, and in 1901 Frank was living with his married sister Grace and sister Maud at 6 Prospect Row.  He married Grace Ethel Hopkins in 1911 when he was 37 years old. They had one son;  Cyril Reginald Guiver [1911-1966].

The couple lived at 6a King Street [1916], and then at 4 Portugal Place [1939].  In 1939 Frank was working as a watchmaker, and Grace as a University Lodging housekeeper. He was still living at 4 Portugal Place at the time of his death, but died at 74 King Street.

Grace Ethel Hills [née Hopkins] (12 August 1879 – 13 January 1964)

Grace was born in Cottenham, and was the daughter of Alfred and Martha Hopkins.  Her father was an agricultural worker, and she grew up on the High Street in Cottenham.  Aged 21, she was working as a cook to the Johnson family at 2 Regent Street. She married Frank Hills in 1911 when she was 32 years old.

Grace died at the Tower Hospital in Ely in 1964 aged 84 years old.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen


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Francis Guiver Hills; Grace Ethel Hills; Richard Hills; Susannah Guiver Hills