CFHS code : AS307

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ALFRED MASON b 24 Aug 1839 d 21 Jan 1919 also of his wife JANE CHARTER MASON b 23 Feb 1839 d 22 Apr 1930

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Alfred Mason (23 February 1839 – 22 January 1919)

Alfred was the son of James and Sarah and grew up at 19 Lower Park Street (1851), where his father worked as a coal merchant. Aged 21 he was working as a printer/compositor and living with his parents. He married Jane Charter Bradford in 1867 and the couple had eight children: Alice Maud (1868-1941), Agnes Charter (1869-1947), Elizabeth Jane (1871-1898), Alfred Norman (1873-1958), Arthur Ernest (1874-1874), Frank (1875-), Ralph (1876-1877) and Ralph Charter (1878-1879).

In 1871 the family were living at 26 Malcolm Street, and Alfred was working as managing clerk for the University Press. From at least 1881 onwards they lived at 18 Mill Lane. He was a subscriber to  the Victoria Friendly Societies’ Asylum for over forty years, and served as Chairman from 1905 until 1919.  Alfred was still working in 1911, and died at Mill Lane aged 79 years old.

He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 24 January after a service at St. Botolph’s Church.  The Cambridge Independent Press reported the service saying ‘very many of th most prominent representatives of the University, as well as representatives of the town and of various public bodies, attended the funeral’. The choir at the church was made up of workers from the Pitt Press.  Many members of the University attended the service including: the Vice Chancellor, the Masters of Peterhouse, Caius, Trinity, Trniity Hall and Downing Colleges, the Provost of King’s College, the President of Queen’s College, The Registrary, the University Librarian and many Professors. The coffin was carried by six bearers from the University Press, with a combined service of 270 years.

Jane Charter Mason (née Bradford) (23 February 1839 – 22 April 1930)

Jane was the daughter of John and Elizabeth  (née Charter) Bradford and was baptised on 25 March 1839 . She grew up at 33 Green Street and her father was a college servant at Clare College.  In 1861 Jane was living at home and working as a milliner.  She married Alfred Mason when she was 28 years old.  After she was widowed she lived at Thorpe House, Summerfield with daughters Agnes and Alice.  Jane died aged 91 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Alfred Mason; Jane Charter Mason