CFHS code : MG234

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of a beloved wife & mother EDITH KIRKUP d April 10th 1934 aged 60 Death divides Sweet memory clings also of her husband WILLIAM SPRING KIRKUP d August 18th 1950 aged 76

Monument : Kerb stones/Urn

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20216, 0.13736197 – click here for location

Kirkup grave
The Kirkup monument in 2016


This set of kerb stones with flower holder within is located 4 rows east of the central path on the south border of the parish area of Mary the Great. The stones are all in place. The inscription of metal letters has suffered some damage but is legible.


Sacred to the Memory of a beloved wife & mother EDITH KIRKUP died April 10th 1934 aged 60 

Death divides Sweet memory clings 

Also of her husband WILLIAM SPRING KIRKUP who died August 18th 1950 aged 76

Edith Kirkup (née Cooke) (1874 – 10 April 1934)

Edith was the daughter of Thomas and Jane (née Thring) Cooke and grew up at 8 Emmanuel Street where her father ran a clothing store. She married William Kirkup in 1895 and the couple had two daughters: Edith Hannah May (1898-1961) and Phyllis Ethel Marjorie (1909-2005).  They lived at 32 King Street (1901) and 56 King Street (1911) and William worked as a chimney sweep.  In 1901 they had two lodgers living with them who were employed by William as sweeps. She died aged 60 years old.

William Spring Kirkup (1874 – 18 August 1950)

William was the son of William and Hannah Kirkup and was born in Birmingham.  By at least 1878 the family had moved to live at 32 King Street, where William (Snr) worked as a chimney sweep.  On census records in 1881 and 1891 he was referenced as ‘Spring Kirkup’ so might have been known by this name.  By 1891 he was also working as a chimney sweep and married Edith Cooke when he was c.21 years old. In September 1906 he appeared in front of magistrates accused of cruelly treating a horse.  He had sent his employee Robert Hall out with a horse and cart, and the horse was found to be lame with inflamed tendons.  He was found guilty and fined £1 plus costs.  William died at 56 King Street aged 76 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Edith Kirkup; William Spring Kirkup
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