CFHS code : ML47

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : In Affectionate Memory of JOHN LAMBERT d May 31 1873 in the 52nd year of his age

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202807, 0.13787598 – click here for location

Lambert grave



John Lambert (1822- 22 May 1873)

John was born in Barrington, a village seven miles south west of Cambridge and baptised there on 26 May 1822.  He was the son of Benjamin and Catherine (née Bains) and his father later ran the Coach and Horses pub in Newnham. In 1841 John was working for Martha Bond and living at Benet Place before marrying Margaret Susannah Sarah Crawley (1831-) on 29 January 1850 at St. Mary the Less Church.

He ran the Half Moon Inn at 80 Trumpington Street and the couple had three children: Sarah Catherine (1850-), Hugh Percy John (1853-1910) and another child who died as an infant. The couple separated in August 1860  and John filed for divorce on October 1864, citing Margaret’s adultery with John Edward Bradley as the cause.  The marriage was dissolved in February 1866 and he then married his former housekeeper Harriett Green (1832-).

In Jue 1863 John was accused of killing a cockerel belonging to John Hatt. John owned a garden on Barton Road, near to John Hatt’s house and the case was heard before local magistrates ‘by no means unattended by local interest’.  The Cambridge Independent Press reported the case under the headline of ‘Melancholy death of a cock (spanish breed)!’.  The newspaper reported that John ‘while wandering from bed to bed, while contemplating with proud satisfaction the coming peas, the new potatoes, the stalwart beans and dainty asparagus, all at once his reverie was disturbed by the crowing of Chanticleer. It is generally admitted fact that every cock has a right to crow on his own dunghill; but it is a very different matter for a cock, however handsome he may be, however fine his plumage, clear his voice, or game his pluck, to invade a neighbouring garden, and kick his legs about with as much assumption and cool impudence as though he were within the precincts of his own seraglio. Alas! poor cock!’ John was said to have thrown a stick at the cockerel to drive it away, which accidently killed the animal.  He was fined 5s, the value of the cock but no order for costs were made.

John died aged 51 years old and his estate was auctioned on 2 July 1873. He owned property at 6 Little St. Mary’s Lane, 12 Norwich Street and a shop in Fulbourn.



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