CFHS code : BE115

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Affectionate Remembrance of CAROLINE ANNIE the beloved wife of ALFRED SWANN d Oct 31st 1879 aged 33 also SUSANNA JOHNSON second wife of the above d Oct 24th 1898 aged 53 also ALFRED WILLIAM SWANN b May 25 1847 d May 17 1905

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202675, 0.13625979 – click here for location


The headstone in 2017.

This headstone is located 1 row to the west of the west path. Near the northern border of the pariah. The inscription of metal letters is nearly intact except for some letters in the name Susanna.


All things work together for the good of them that  love God.

In Affectionate Remembrance of CAROLINE ANNIE the beloved wife of ALFRED SWANN
Who died Oct. 31st. 1879. Aged 33 years

Also SUSANNA JOHNSON second wife of the above who died Oct 24. 1898. Aged 53 years

Also ALFRED WILLIAM SWANN. Born May 25, 1847. Died May 17, 1905.

Caroline Annie Swann  (née Kelly) (c.1846 – 31 October 1879)

Caroline was born in Bourn, eight miles west of Cambridge.  Aged 15 she was living at 4 Park Terrace and working as a nursemaid in the household of Rev. George and Penelope Baker.  George Baker was the curate of St. Andrew the Less Church.  She married Alfred Swann in 1869 and they had at least four children: Caroline Annie Cecilia (1871-1949), Alfred William John (1872-1955), Minnie Ellen Elizabeth (1874-1954) and Flora Emma Kate (1876-1965).

In 1871 the family were living on Hills Road, where Alfred was a publican and also worked as a contactor. They later moved to 27  Newmarket Road, and Caroline died there aged 33 years old.

Susanna Johnson Swann (née Rutter)  (1845 – 24 October 1898)

Susanna was the eldest daughter of Robert and Caroline and grew up at 3 Albert Street (1851). She worked as a servant for the Graves family  at 2 Trumpington Street (1871)  and then Grange Road (1881) before marrying widower Alfred Swann in 1882.

They lived at Newmarket Road and in 1891 Alfred was working as a brickmaker, lime burner and general contractor.  Susanna and Alfred had at least three children together:  Herbert William John (1882-), Margaret Elsie (1885-1977) and May Dorothy (1887-1960) and she died at home aged 53 years old.

Alfred William Swann (25 May 1847 – 17 May 1905)

Alfred was the son of John and Cecilia Swann, brother of Henry, Frederick, Edward and Annie. He grew up on Sun Street where his father ran the Hare and Hounds pub (1851) and combined this with being a ‘master scavenger’ employing 3 men.  10 years later John Swann had moved next door to run the Sun Inn also on Sun Street and had branched out to be  Lime Merchant as well as a publican and thirteen year old Alfred was assisting his father in the business.

He married Caroline in 1869 and after he was widowed moved to live at 43 Swan Street (1881) next door to his sister Cecilia who was by then running the Sun Inn, and his brother Henry at number 42. After he was widowed for a second time he continued to live at East Road with five of his seven children.

Alfred worked with his brothers Henry and Fredrick in a company known as ‘H, A, and F. Swann Brothers’.  They took over their fathers business and had a wide ranging business covering brewing, malting, brickmaking, gravel and sand sales, contracting and carting.  The firm was dissolved in November 1890 with Henry and Frederick taking over the brick, gravel, sand and contracting part of the business which was run from East Road and Newmarket Road.  Frederick took over the brewing and malting part of the business, which was known as the Rodney Brewery.

Alfred died at East Road aged 57 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Alfred William Swann; Caroline Annie Swann; Susanna Johnson Swann