CFHS code : AL77

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Memory of SARAH ANN HOWELL beloved wife of HENRY WILLIAM HOWELL d June 5 1910 age 57 also of RUTH HOWELL beloved daughter of the above d Feb 21 1904

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Howell headstone February 2018


Located in the parish of St Andrew the Less, at the edge of the grass meadow close to the path.


Who passed away June 5 1910 age 57 years

Also of RUTH HOWELL beloved daughter of the above
Who passed away Feb 21 1904 aged 21 years

“God calls our loved ones, but we lose not wholly what he has given .
They live on earth in thought and deed as truly as in Heaven.”

Relationship: Mother and daughter

Sarah Ann Howell (née Gould) (16 May 1853 – 5 June 1910)

Sarah was born in Kettlestone in Norfolk – a small village 5 miles east of Fakenham.  Her parents were Henry and Elizabeth Gould. Henry Gould was a farming bailiff/manager  and Sarah grew up on the farm where Henry farmed 122 acres (1871).  She married Henry William Howell (1854-1941) in Norfolk in 1877, when she was 24 years old.  Sarah and Henry had two children: Henry William (1878-1955) and Ruth (1883-1910).

Henry and Sarah initially lived in Fulmodestone cum Croxton ( small village east of Fakenham) and that is where their two children were born.  Henry worked as an agricultural labourer (1881), but by 1891 had begun to work for the Prudential and was a superintendant for the company and living in Diss in Norfolk. They then moved to Cambridge c1895/1896, and went to live at 142 Gwydir Street (1901) and then at Templar Villa, 182  Gwydir Street (at least 1904 onwards).  Sarah died at Gwydir Street aged 57 years old.

Her funeral  which took place on 9 June was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press. Sarah was a member of the Primitive Methodist Church on Newmarket Road, and had been Society Steward and Circuit Steward at the church. The service took place at the Methodist Chapel in Sturton Street, before the funeral cortege proceeded to Mill Road Cemetery. The procession was said to have been ‘met by a large number of members of the church and friends including representatives of the Prudential Assurance Co.’

Ruth Howell (1883 – 5 June 1904)

Ruth was born in Fulmodeston in the summer of 1883.  She  died at Templar Villa, 182 Gwydir Street aged 21 years old.

Henry Howell, Sarah’s husband went to live with his son Henry and his family at 49 Montague Road (1911) before retiring to live in Melton Constable in Norfolk.  He died at the Medical Nursing Home on Thorpe Road, Norwich in March 1941 aged 86 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Ruth Howell; Sarah Ann Howell