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

Monument

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

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’

[footstone:]

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

William Lofts (1801-84)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 died in 1837. They had had at least two children Maria (1827) and Elizabeth (1829).  In 1831 he was paid for waiting in hall at Emmanuel College. Already a widower, he married Sarah Price in 1841, and the couple lived first in Prospect Row (Kite district), then at 2 Willow Walk (close to New Square) until the 1860s by which time their household numbered nine persons, and thereafter at 10 Mill Road.
In 1884 he is named as a shoeblack in the College, and a pension of £50 a year was granted. He died on 29 August 1884. Lofts’s children included Maria, Frederick George, who also became a college servant, and William, junior, who married in 1850 and served as head porter at Christ’s College 1861-68. Sarah, who died in 1893, is buried with her husband.

Sarah Susannah Lofts (d 1893)

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Arthur Charles Lofts (d 1930)

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Ann Druscilla Lofts (d 1943)

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Ethel Maud Lofts (d 1949)

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Sources:
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

By Amanda Goode, Archivist, Emmanuel College (with Ian Bent)

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