CFHS code : BE128

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Loving Memory of Rev JAMES THOMPSON LANG b October 28th 1843 d March 23 1923 also EDITH MARGARET his wife d February 28 1931 aged 73 also of ARTHUR VAN HEMERT LANG b Aug [10] 1889 d May 24 1890

Monument : cross

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument in September 2020.


This cross is located 2 rows to the east of the west path under a large tree and is partially covered by ivy.


In Loving Memory of Rev JAMES THOMPSON LANG born October 28th 1843 died March 23 1923

Also EDITH MARGARET his wife who died February 28 1931 aged 73 years

Also of ARTHUR VAN HEMERT LANG born Aug 10 1889 died May 24 1890

Rev, James Thompson Lang (28 October 1843 – 23 March 1923)

James was born in Allahabad in India. He was the son of Arthur and Sarah Lang.  Arthur was in the Bengal civil service. The family appear to have returned to England by the time James was 5 years old.  His father had been with the Bengal Civil Service, but retured to England in retirement.  He went to school at Harrow, and then to Caius College in March 1862.   His university records show that he obtained his BA in 1866, got 1st Class Theological examination in 1867, equal for the Schofield prize in 1867, and was the Tyrwitt Hebrew Scholar of 1869.  He migrated to Corpus Christi in 1867, and was dean there 1871-1877, and also from 1883-1885.  He was a tutor at the college from 1886-1897.

He was curate of St Peter’s in Wisbech [1867], curate of St Andrew the Less [1868-1871], Vicar of St Benet’s [1871-1891], Vicar of Christ Church Finchley [1898-1911] and Rector of Landbeach [1911-1922].

He married Edith Margaret Van Hemert in 1885 when he was 41 years old.  They had six children: Mary Van Hemert [1885-1972], Ruth Van Hemert [1888-1979], Arthur Van Hemert [1889-1890], Margaret Van Hemert [1891-1975], James Van Hemert [1893-1983] and Rachel Edith Van Hemert [1896-1925].

In 1891 James was vicar of St Benet’s and the family were living at 2 Benet Place.  In 1901  and 1911 they were living at the Vicarage in Finchley.  He died in 1923 at his home Leys Croft in Cambridge. He left an estate valued at £4,922 17s and 10d.

Edith Margaret Lang [nee Van Hemert] (c.1858 – 28 February 1931)

Edith was born in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia.  Her parents were Francis Thomas and Emma Van Hemert. Francis was a surgeon. In 1881 she was 23 years old and living with her uncle Thomas Sutton who was vicar of Marton in Lincolnshire.  She married James Lang on January 1st  1885 when she was 27 years old.. The wedding took place at St Benedict’s church

She was widowed aged 65 years. Edith died in 1931 at St Benet’s, Heathside Road, Woking, Surrey – she had clearly taken a little piece of Cambridge with her to Surrey.

Arthur Van Hemert Lang (10 August 1889 – 24 May 1890)

Arthur was the third child of James and Edith Lang.  He died when he was 9 months old at the family home 2 Benet Place.

Claire Martinsen

CFHS parish records

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Arthur Van Hemert Lang; Edith Margaret Lang; James Thompson Lang