CFHS code : PL350

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Memory of CAROLINE HULKES wife of Revd ROBERT W STODDART BD d Jan 22 1892 age 71 also of JANE sister of Rev RW STODDART BD d Mar 1 1896 age 90 also of the Rev RW STODDART BD for 40 years vicar of Hundon Suffolk d Jul 14 1898 age 88

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Monument

Inscription

 

Rev. Robert Wilson  Stoddart (20 July 1810 – 14 July 1898)

Robert was the son of the Reverend John Stoddart, Master of Northampton Grammar School.  He was born in Northampton and went to school at Northampton Grammar. He went up to Jesus College Cambridge in March 1829. He got his BA in 1833, his MA in 1836 and his Bachelor of Divinity in 1873.  He was ordained in 1934 and was the Vicar of Hundon, near Clare in Suffolk from 1839-1879.

He married Caroline Thompson at St Lawrence’s Church in Brentford, Middlesex on 4th July 1843.  They lived in Hundon for most of their married life.  When Robert retired in 1879 they came to live in Cambridge, and lived at 3 Downing Terrace [1881].  The census of 1881 describes him as a clergy ‘without cure of souls’.  He was very active in retirement and was a Life Governor of Addenbrookes Hospital from at least 1884 onwards, he was also on the Board of the Cambridge Street Tramways Company.  By 1888 the couple were living at Suffolk House, 24 Panton Street.

Robert Stoddart died at Lowestoft in Suffolk, but was still resident at Panton Street at the time of his death.  Suffolk House was sold after his death and its sale was announced in the newspapers of the time describing it as: spacious entrance hall, lofty dining and drawing rooms, six bed and dressing rooms, lavatory, 2 W.C’s, kitchen, scullery and good domestic offices, small garden in rear, the whole having a frontage of 21ft 7″ and a depth of 78 ft.  The contents of Suffolk House were also auctioned including: a pianoforte by Erard, a 5 octave harmonium, chairs, couches, about 500 volumes of books, old china dinner, tea and dessert services, the appointments of 5 bed and dressing rooms and servant’s offices.

 

Caroline Hulkes Stoddart [nee Thompson] (4 August 1820 – 22 January 1892)

Caroline was born in Rochester, Kent and baptised at St Nicholas Church there.  Her parents were Dr Charles and Mary Thompson. She married Rev. Stoddart when she was 22 years old – they are not believed to have had any children.

She died at Suffolk House, Panton Street in January 1892 aged 71 years old. The press reported that her husband gave two vases to the Matron’s room at Addenbroookes Hospital in her memory.

 

Jane Stoddart (13 October 1805 – 1 March 1896)

Jane was the daughter of Rev John and Ruth Stoddart and sister of Robert Wilson Stoddart.  She was born in Northampton and baptised at St Peter’s Church in Northampton on 15th October 1805.  She never married and does not appear to have an occupation.  In 1861 she was living in Lewisham as a lodger, and is described as a clergyman’s daughter. She continued to lodge in Lewisham – at 3 Hindsley Place [1881] and then 11 Albion Road [1891].  She died in Lewisham aged 90 years old.

 

 

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/Newspaper archives

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Caroline Hulkes; Jane Stoddart; R.W. Stoddart