CFHS code : HT356c

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of EDWARD JOHN HOW d Sept 27 1932 age 83 also EMMA HOW d Feb 3 1941 age 59

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Edward John How (1869 – 27 September  1932)

Edward was born in Great Shelford and baptised there on 29 August 1869. He was the son of Henry John How and Harriet Ina (née Shrubbs). His father was a baker and publican and he grew up at the Plough pub on the High Street in Great Shelford.   By the age of 21 he was assisting his father in the family business (1891) and then opened his own bakery/confectionery shop at 222 Mill Road, with sister Daisy working for him as a shop assistant (1901).  The business had been auctioned in May 1900 as ‘The Cambridge Steam Bakery, with large corner shop and residence…at the Junction of Hope Street’.  It was said to consist of a ‘corn and flour store over, strongly built with a capacity for 800 sacks together with a roomy corner shop fitted with modern plate glass front and the residence known as ‘Frohock House’ which has ample accomodation and convenient rooms.’.

Edward  married Emma Hayward on 19 September 1905 At Christ Church and they had three children: Florence Lilian (1907-1990), Maurice Thomas John (1910-1989) and Dennis Charles (1911-1998). Edward and Emma ran the bakery business together from Mill Road and he died at home aged 63 years old.

Emma How (née Hayward) (12 June 1881 –  3 February 1941)

Emma was the youngest daughter of Samuel and Martha (née West) and grew up at The Cricketers, Melbourn Place which her parents ran. She married Edward How when she was 24 years old and after she was widowed ran the bakery with the help of her son Dennis. The name of the business had changed to ‘How and Son’ and in December 1939 the Cambridge Daily News reported that the bakery has offered a hot Christmas dinner for local residents at the Hemingford Road Baptist Chapel.  The dinner was priced at 1s, 6d for adults and 9d for children.  The meal served was ‘roast beef, yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and brussels sprouts (sic) followed by Christmas pudding (and jellies for those who were judged too young for this rather gross national dish), and a dessert of tangerines, nuts, raisins and sweets’.  After the meal was served the guests ‘settled themselves comfortably in garden chairs lent for the occassion and listened to the King’s speech before beginning to dance and play those fireside games which belong to the season’.

Emma How died at Addenbrookes Hospital aged 59 years old.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

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Edward John How; Emma How