CFHS code : CL16a

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM ALFRED the dearly beloved husband of ANNIE HOVEY d Jan 24 1911 aged 69 also of ANNIE wife of above d Jany 28 1927 aged 75

Monument : Headstone (fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202533, 0.13764328 – click here for location

Hovey headstone December 2018


Located roughly seven rows from the central path, partially covered by grass.


In Loving Memory of WILLIAM ALFRED
the dearly beloved husband of ANNIE HOVEY
Who departed this life Jan 24 1911 aged 69 years

‘Tis a long, tis a last, tis a beautiful rest,
When all sorrow has passed from the brow and the breast
And the lone spirit truly and wisely may crave
The sleep that is dreamless the sleep of the grave.” *

Also of ANNIE wife of above who died Jany 28 1927 aged 75 years

William Alfred Hovey ( 1839 – 24 January 1911)

William was born in Battersea and was the son of Peter William Hovey. He married Harriett Denyer in Yorkshire in 1869 when he was 30 years old.  William worked on the railway for most of his life, and in 1871 the family were living in Honington in Lincolnshire where he was a railway signalman. By 1873 they were back living in London.

William and Harriett had at least four children: Harriett Mary [1870-1933], Henry Alfred [1873-1949], Lily Kate [1876-] and Percy Edward [1878-1952]. In 1881 the family were living in Islington, and William was still working as a signalman. Harriett Hovey died in early 1885 aged 39 years old.  William married Annie Cooper [nee Pescott] later that same year. Annie was a widow with two small daughters.  William and Annie had  a further five children together: William A [1887-], Herbert Ernest [1888-1973], Annie Beatrice [1891-1952], Edith Maud [1893-1993] and Dora May [1894-].

William and Annie were living at 84 Cobden Street in Peterborough in 1891, and he was by this time working as a railway guard.  Their two youngest daughters were born in Peterborough, so they must have lived there until at least 1894, but by 1901 were living at 113 Mill Road in Cambridge.  By May 1903 the couple were running the Marquis of Granby pub at 36 Bridge Street.  William was the landlord of the Marquis of Granby until his death  in 1911.

Note – his age on census records changed after his second marriage, and he appears to have become 3 years younger.  His age on his grave monument is recorded as 69 years old, but he was most likely 72 years old.

Annie Hovey [nee Pescott] (11 November 1851 – 28 January 1927)

Annie was the daughter of William and Janet Pescott. Her father was a porter and her mother worked as a dressmaker.  She was born in London and baptised at St Giles’ Church in London on 14th December 1851.  She was raised at 8 Blue Lion Court, near Aldgate.  She married John Cooper at St Botolph’s Church, Aldgate on 31st August 1873 when she was 21 years old.  John was a butcher and they had two daughters together: Ada Annie [1875-] and Florence Janet [1877-]. In 1881 the couple were living at 340 Grays Inn Road with their daughters.  Annie appear to have been widowed at some point, and married William Hovey in 1885.

After being widowed in January 1911 Annie took over the running of the Marquis of Granby.  She was still the landlady in 1913, but by January 1918 Catherine Carter was running the pub.  By the time her daughter Annie Beatrice Hovey married Dennis Gathercole in June 1920 Annie was living at 16 Huntingdon Road.  She died at Huntingdon Road aged 75 years old.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/newspaper archives

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This epitaph was taken from the poem “The slumber of Death” by Eliza Cook

Annie Hovey; William Alfred Hovey