CFHS code : AL613
Parish : St Andrew the Less
Inscription : In Affectionate Remembrance of ROBERT HOULDEN d July 4 1864 aged 73 also of MARY wife of the above d 30 Nov 1877 aged 85 also THOMAS HOULDEN son of above b May 1825 d Feb 28 1892
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
The headstone has not yet been located in order to take a photograph but is believed to be just south of the north path
In Affectionate Remembrance of ROBERT HOULDEN d July 4 1864 aged 73
Also of MARY wife of the above d 30 Nov 1877 aged 85 also
THOMAS HOULDEN son of above b May 1825 d Feb 28 1892
Robert Houlden (1796 – 1864)
Robert was born in Lincolnshire He married a woman called Mary (possibly Mary Hassack on 3rd November 1817 in Castle Camps.) They had at least six children: Louisa (1818), Elizabeth (1819), Henry (1821), Thomas (1825), Mary Ann (1826) and Emma (1928)
Robert was a milkman and cow keeper living with his family in an area recorded as Gravel Pits or possibly Grave Pits which was probably near Coldham’s Lane. By the 1841 census Robert had become a publican and the family were living in Silver Street. In 1851 he and Mary were living with their son Thomas who was now the *publican and Head of the household in Fitzroy Street. Robert may have continued to keep some land as when his widowed daughter Elizabeth married again in 1857 he was described as a farmer.
Robert died on July 4th and his death was reported in the local paper “At Fitzroy Street, deeply regretted, Mr Robert Houlden, aged 73”.
Mary Houlden (1792/6 1877)
Mary was born in Norfolk possibly Kings Lynn. We know nothing about her early life. On the 1861 census she is listed along with her husband Robert as a retired publican so she may well have taken part in the family business. She died at home in Fitzroy Street.
Thomas Houlden (1825-1892)
Thomas never married. He helped his father in the pub and then became a publican and ran the Ancient Druids public House at 34 Fitzroy Street. When he died he was living at Walnut Tree Lane
The other Houlden children
Louisa – linked above
Elizabeth married brewer Robert Brooks in Cambridge 1841, widowed and married clerk Thomas Machin in 1857. Died aged 48 August 1st 1868, “after a long and Severe affliction.” * She was buried in the parish of St Andrew the Less but we have not found a monument.
Mary Ann married jeweller William Renshaw May 14 1855 Worksop
Henry became a lawyer’s clerk and married Ann Low, March 2nd 1843 in Cambridge. Died Eden St 1895. No monument found in the parish of St Andrew the Great.
Emma – Linked above
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By Mary Naylor
CFHS transcripts of parish and census records
*British Newspaper Archive Cambridge Chronicle & Journal
Lost pubs of Cambridge