CFHS code : PL305

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM LOFTS for sixty three years faithful servant of — Emmanuel College b Feb 11 1801 d Aug 29 1884 also of SARAH SUSANNAH wife of the above d May 11 1893 aged 77 also ARTHUR CHARLES LOFTS d April 16 1930 aged 72 reverse ANN DRUSCILLA LOFTS d April 8 1943 aged 83 also ETHEL MAUD LOFTS d March 10 1949 aged 59 footstone ADL EML WL SSL ACL

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Footstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.2020991, 0.13629801 – click here for location

Lofts grave
Lofts headstone


Headstone (double-sided) with kerb stones and footstone. In the parish area of St Paul, this grave is located alongside the west path (to the east), close to the Lodge.

Lofts inscription
Lofts inscription

[headstone: west face]

‘In loving memory of William Lofts
for sixty three years faithful servant of [illeg] Emmanuel College
born Feb 11 1801 died Aug 29 1884′

[illegible quotation]

‘also of Sarah Susannah wife of the above
died May 11 1893 aged 77 years’

‘also Arthur Charles Lofts
who died April 16th 1930 aged 72 years’

[headstone: east face]

‘Ann Druscilla Lofts née Wright
who died April 8 1943 aged 83 years’

‘also Ethel Maud Lofts
who has fallen asleep March 10 1949 aged 59 years’


‘A.D.L. / E.M.L. / W.L. / S.S.L. / A.C.L.’

William Lofts (11 February 1801 – 29 August 1884)servant at Emmanuel College – see also Life Story page

William Lofts, senior, was born in Babraham, Cambridgeshire, on 11 February 1801. His first wife Maria (née Debenham) died in 1839. They had had at least four children:  Maria (1827-1912),  Elizabeth (1829-1899), William (1832-1968) and Thomas (1834-).  In 1831 he was paid for waiting in hall at Emmanuel College. He married for a second time to Sarah Price  on 7 July 1841, and the couple lived first in Prospect Row (Kite district),  2 Willow Walk (close to New Square) and 10 Mill Road. William and Sarah had at least eight children: Richard (1842-1906), Emily (1844-1875), Edwin (1846-1867), Clara (1847-1901), Frederick George (1850-1919), Amelia Mary (1852-1923), Eliza Ann (1854-1876) and Arthur Charles (1857-1930).
In 1884 he was named as a shoeblack in the College, and a pension of £50 a year was granted. He died at home ‘after a short illness’ on  29 August 1884 and his funeral was held on 2 September.

Son Frederick George, also became a college servant, and William, junior served as head porter at Christ’s College 1861-68.  William Lofts (jnr) died as a result of a ‘fatal election disturbance’ where he was hit in the eye with a stone.

Sarah Susannah Lofts  (née Price) (1815 – 11 May 1893)

Sarah was the daughter of plasterer Robert Price and his wife Sarah. She was baptised in Cambridge on Christmas Day 1816 at St. Benet’s Church and married widower William Lofts when she was 26 years old. Sarah died at Rochester Villas, 201 Mill Road aged 78 years old,

Arthur Charles Lofts (1857 – 16 April 1930)

Arthur was the youngest son of William and Sarah  and married Ann Wright in 1881. He worked as a general clerk when they married and a few months after the wedding the couple were living at 10-12 Trinity Street. They had four children: Nellie (1882-1962), Ethel Maud (1890-1949), May (1893-1982) and Percy (1896-1952). In 1891 Arthur was working as a solicitor’s clerk and the family were living at 152 Gwydir Street.  By 1899 he was a butcher and was noted on the census of that year as being an employer.  He took over the butchery business of Charles Haslop, who died in 1894, and Arthur was one of the executors of the will. The butcher’s shop was at 4 Silver Street. Arthur served as secretary of the Cambridge and District Butchers’ Association and was also secretary of the Cambridgeshire Cricket Assocation.  He also served as a special constable. The Lofts family had moved to 47 Devonshire Road by 1911 and Arthur died at home aged 72 years old.

Ann Druscilla Lofts (née Wright) (15 February 1859 – 8 April 1943)

Ann was the daughter of college servant William Wright and Catherine (née Burling) Wright and grew up at 16 Park Street (1871).  After she was widowed she lived at 148 Scotland Road with daughter May and son in law Leonard Bonnett, where she died aged 84 years old.

Ethel Maud Lofts (10 March 1890 – 10 March 1949)

Ethel was the second daughter of Arthur and Ann Lofts. She worked as a butcher’s clerk for her father  and in 1930 was living at 4 Silver Street.  By 1939 was a patient at Fulbourn Hospital and died on her 59th birthday.

Rachel Wroth, “Emmanuel College Servants in the 19th Century” (2001, typescript in College Archives)
census reports
Spalding Cambridge Street Directory
college records
Cambridgeshire Family History Society Monumental Inscriptions for the City of Cambridge


Newspaper archives

By Amanda Goode, Archivist, Emmanuel College (with Ian Bent) with additional information by Claire Martinsen

Ann Druscilla Lofts; Arthur Charles Lofts; Ethel Maud Lofts; Sarah Susannah Lofts; William Lofts