CFHS code : AS292

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Loving Memory of HENRY EDWARD LADDS d 14 Jul 1907 aged 64 also JANE LADDS d 17 Oct 1919 aged 72

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Henry Edward Ladds (1843 – 14 July 1907)

Henry was the son of Edward and Mary Ladds, and brother of Frederick John.  He grew up on Manor Street (1851), then at 53 Trumpington Street (1861) and Henry became a printer like his father. He worked for the Cambridge Express for many years as a compositor and reader, and subsequently at the University Press and Eagle Printing works. He married Jane Freshwater on 5 April 1870 at Trumpington.  The couple had eight children: Edward Ernest (1871-1904), Arthur Henry (1872-1952), Maud Mary Elizabeth (1874-1951), Alice Jane (1877-1885), Percival Frederick (1879-1956), Kate Anne (1881-1922), Rev. Edwin Freshwater (1888-1952) and one other child who died as an infant.

The family lived at 35 Jesus Lane, and Henry died there in 1907. His death was very sudden and was subject to an inquest.  Henry had been a sidesman (similar to an usher, and responsible for seating arrangements) at All Saint’s Church for over twenty years and had attended the morning service there, before attending the afternoon service at King’s College Chapel.  He then went for a walk, and returning home went upstairs to change his coat before having tea.  Jane found him collapsed dead on the floor.  The post mortem found that he had a haemorrhage on the brain, and the cause of death was noted as ‘death by natural causes’.  He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 17 July, after a service at All Saint’s Church.

Jane Ladds (née Freshwater) (1847 – 12 January 1919)

Jane was born in Melbourn, just outside Cambridge and was the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Freshwater.  Edward was a horsedealer and Jane was raised on Drury Lane in the village. She married Henry Ladds when she was c.23 years old.  After she was widowed she ran a Lodging House at 35 Jesus Lane, and died there aged 72 years old.

Their grandson Sidney Federick Amps, son of Maud Mary Elizabeth Ladds is also buried at Mill Road Cemetery.



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Henry Edward Ladds; Jane Ladds