CFHS code : HT557

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ALICE MAUD MUDD d 24 Oct 1903 aged 24 also LAURA GEORGIANA KNIGHTS also DAISY ELIZABETH also ALFRED JAMES also FREDERICK GEORGE also WILLIAM MARCHELL also FREDERICK WILLIAM also HETTY KATHLEEN also ELIZABETH SARAH KNIGHTS mother of the above d 11 July 1928 aged 70

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Knights grave
Mudd and Knights headstone


Roughly fourteen rows from the central path on the northern boundary of the parish. The headstone fell forward in 2019.


In Loving Memory of ALICE MAUD MUDD died 24 Oct 1903 aged 24
also ELIZABETH SARAH KNIGHTS mother of the above died 11 July 1928 aged 70

Relationship: Mother and eight children.

Alice Maud Mudd (1879 – 1903)

Born to Elizabeth Sarah Mudd of Pratt’s Bridge Bradmore Street, Cambridge, Alice was baptised on April 20th 1879. She lived with her grandparents, Francis and Georgiana Mudd, at 11 St Botolph’s Lane Cambridge (1881 and 1891 Census). By 1901 she had moved with her grandparents, now retired, to 4 Mill Lane and was working as a school teacher.

Laura Georgina Knights (1886 – 1886)

Laura died aged 4 months.

Daisy Elizabeth Knights (1890 – 1890)

Daisy died in King Street aged 10 months.

Alfred James Knights and Frederick George Knights (1892 – 1892)

Alfred and Frederick were twins. They were born in Pike’s Walk. Alfred lived for 13 days and Frederick for 20 days.

William Marchell (1889 – 1893)

William was born in King Street. He was five when he died.

Frederick William Marchell (1894-1896) 

Frederick was born at 22 Trinity Place. He died in 1896 aged 2.

Hetty Kathleen Marchell (1895 – 1896) 

Hetty was born at 22 Trinity Place. She died in 1896 aged 5 months.

Elizabeth Sarah Knights (née Mudd) (Bapt 11.10.1857 – d 1928)

Elizabeth was the fourth of at least seven children born to Francis James Mudd, a shoeing smith and Georgiana Mudd (née Bown) a college bedmaker. The family lived at 14 Brandon Place, off East Road, Cambridge and then 11 Botolph Lane in the centre of Cambridge.

In 1879 Elizabeth gave birth to an illegitimate daughter Alice Maud. Alice remained with her grandparents after Elizabeth married.

In 1884 Elizabeth married *Joseph Knights (1855 – 1938) who came from Cherry Hinton. Joseph had been in the army and had saved about £50 at the time of the marriage. He became a labourer which meant he did various jobs but did not have a trade. 

Elizabeth and Joseph had nine children only two: Joseph Henry (1884-1964) and Ellen Elizabeth (1891-1981)  survived into adulthood.

Elizabeth had a very hard life. Her husband started to drink and often lost work. She worked for many years as a college bedmaker and was forced to apply to the charity commission for help. By 1911 she and Joseph had separated and he was in the workhouse.

*Joseph died in Chesterton workhouse and is also buried in this parish but we do not know where.

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CFHS Transcripts of parish & census records

by Mary Naylor

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Alfred James Knights; Daisy Elizabeth Knights; Elizabeth Sarah Knights; Frederick George Knights; Frederick William Knights; Hetty Kathleen Knights; Laura Georgiana Knights; William Marchell Knights; Alice Maud Mudd