CFHS code : AG294
Parish : St Andrew the Great
Inscription : In Loving Memory of / CAROLINE ELIZABETH HUDSON / d June 29 1915 / aged 69 / This cross is erected by her two sons / FRANCIS PERCY HUDSON / b March 8 1874 / d March 4 1930 / CLARA LEEDS / 1855 – 1923 / For 40 years the / devoted friend of the / family “Well done thou good and faithful servant”
Monument : Stone cross (base only)
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.203093, 0.13647013 – click here for location
Relationships: Mother, son and cook
Caroline Elizabeth Hudson (nee Beauclerk) (1847 – 29 June 1915)
Caroline was the daughter of Charles and Penelope Beauclerk. She was born in London and her father was a minor member of the aristocracy. She married the Reverend Francis William Hudson on 16th April 1868 in St Luke, Jersey when she was 21.
They lived at the Vicarage at Great Wilbraham where Francis was the vicar until 1891. Thereafter they moved to Fulbourn Lodge in Fulbourn where Francis was noted to be a ‘clerk in holy orders’. They had two sons together Francis Percy Hudson [1874-1930] and William Frederick Arthur Hudson [1876-1936]. The Reverend Francis Hudson died on June 10th 1901 at the age of 61.
After her husband’s death Caroline moved to 2 Woollaston Road in Cambridge with her sons. She died in Linton on 29th June 1915 aged 68 years.
Francis Percy Hudson (8 March 1874- 4 March 1930)
Francis Percy was the eldest son of Rev Francis and Caroline Hudson. He grew up at the Vicarage in Great Wilbraham and then 2 Woollaston Road. His occupation was noted as an artist in 1911, but there is no occupation prior to this. He didn’t marry and died at his home 50 Eltisley Avenue, Newnham in March 1930 aged 55 years old.
Clara Charlotte Leeds (3 March 1854- 14 July 1923)
Clara Leeds was the Hudson family cook for over 40 years. She was the daughter of Edmund and Sarah Leeds and was born in Cambridge. She was raised at 20 Gold Street, where her father was a figure maker. She was working as a general servant in 1871 at the home of Geroge and Eliza Bullock at 5 Jordan’s Yard. By 1881 she was working for the Hudson’s in Great Wilbraham, and appears on the same census records as the family right through to 1911.
She died on 14th July 1923 at 29a Union Lane Cambridge aged 57 years old. She died leaving effects of £695 8s 10d, and the love and gratitude of the family that she worked for.
By Claire Martinsen