CFHS code : BE102

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Affectionate Remembrance of GEORGE FREDERICK LOW d Oct 22 1888 aged 68 In Loving Memory of WILLIAM LOW d 16 May 1872 aged 87 In Memory of SARAH LOW d 30 Oct 1870 age 77 MARY ANN dearly loved wife of GEORGE FREDERICK LOW d Feb 28 1897 who died in her 72nd year

Monument : Column

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202613, 0.13616904 – click here for location

Low monument October 2017


This small column with railings, in the parish area of St Bene’t, is located to the west of the western path, by Anglia Ruskin University.


east face

In Affectionate Remembrance of GEORGE FREDERICK LOW who died Oct. 22. 1888 aged 68 years.

“Dear wife and friends weep not for me.
From suffering, death hath set me free
To all who live, life’s end is ….
While there is time prepare to die.
Then we shall meet on Heaven’s bright shore.
Where Jesus reigns to part no more.

north face

In Loving Memory of WILLIAM LOW who died 16th May 1872 aged 87 years

“We hope to meet thee in Paradise.”

west face

In Memory of SARAH LOW d 30 Oct 1870 age 77

south face

MARY ANN dearly loved wife of GEORGE FREDERICK LOW who died d Feb. 28. 1897 in her 72nd year.

George Frederick Low (1820 – 22 October  1888)

George was the son of William and Sarah Low and was baptised on 24 June 1821. His father was a publican and he grew up on George Street (1841)  and then Sun Street,Newmarket Road  where his father ran the Sun Inn. He married Mary Ann, and in 1851/1861 they were living next door to the Sun Inn, running a tap room and George was also  a horse slaughterer.

He later worked as a horse dealer/horse slaughterer from 35 Sun Street. The couple are not believed to have had any children of their own, but appear to have adopted Jane Aston, who lived with them from at least the age of 3 and took the surname of Low.

In April 1855 George appeared in court accused of stealking a dead horse from Fulbourn Hill, which belonged to Mr. Webb of Babraham.  His lawyer Mr Garratt, said it was a mistake and he was ‘quite sure there would be no conviction in the case’.  The case was settled out of court.

George died at Sun Street in 1888.

William Low (c.1783 – 16 May 1872 )

William was born in Laxfield, Suffolk and married Sarah in Kelsale, Suffolk on 26 July 1809. They had at least four children: William (1814-1868), George Frederick, Caroline (1826-) and Frederick (1831-1867).  After he was widowed he went to live with his daughter Caroline at 92 East Road (1871) and is believed to have died there in 1872.

His death was reported as ‘much respected Mr William Low, for many years a contractor with scavengers’.  In newspapers his age was given as 85 years, on the grave monument as 87 years, and on the death registation 89 years old.

Sarah Low (née York) (1793 – 30 October 1870)

Sarah was born in Cambridgeshire and died aged 77 years old.

Mary Ann Low (c.1825 – 28 February  1897)

Mary was born in Cambridge and continued to live at 35 Sun Street until her death aged 71 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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George Frederick Low; Mary Ann Low; Sarah Low; William Low