CFHS code : HT267

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of THOMAS MATHEWS BA d Nov 25 1903 aged 75 also of BESSY his wife d May 24 1872 aged 37 also of ARTHUR DEWE MATHEWS MA their eldest son d May 6 1919 aged 58 and of EMILY wife of ARTHUR DEWE MATHEWS MA d Dec 8 1948 aged 81 reverse In Loving Memory of GLADYS AGNES MATHEWS b 9th June 1895 d 27th May 1973

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Thomas Mathews (1928 – 25 November  1903)

Thomas was the son of farmer Isaac Mathews and Mary (née Dewe) and was born in Bucklebury, Berkshire. He was baptised in Bucklebury on 29 July 1828 and aged 22 was living at Lower Farm in Hampstead Norris, Berkshire with his brother Isaac who was a farmer of 380 acres. He married Bessy Cossens on 15 August 1857 at Marylebone Parish Church and they had at least eight children: Caroline Dewe (1859-1947), Arthur Dewe (1861-1919), Janet Dewe (1862-1951), Mary Dewe (1862-1948), Beatrice Dewe (1865-1953), Kathleen Dewe (1866-1949), Victor Dewe (1868-1939) and Harold Dewe (1870-1918). All  the  children were born in Cambridge and the family lived at 7 The Causeway (later known as Maid’s Causeway).  In October 1860 Thomas started studying at St. John’s College, Cambridge but records show he was re-admitted in May 1869, so possibly broke his studies. He was widowed in 1872 and was finally awarded a B.A.  in 1875. He moved to live with his mother-in-law Elizabeth Cossens in West Buckland, Somerset (1881) and then lived at Grovefield Villa, Cheltenham with his sister-in-laws Louisa and Emma Mary (1891/1901). Census records document him as living on his own means, and he died at Grovefield Villa in November 1903 aged 75 years old. His funeral took place on 30 November 1903 in Cambridge.

Bessy Wells  Mathews  (née Cossens) (20 November 1834  – 24 May  1872)

Bessy was  born in Charlton, Gloucestershire and baptised in Cirencester on 16 August 1837. She was the daughter of  auctioneer Egbert Steers Cossens (1803-1864) and Elizabeth (née Wells) (1807-).  She died of tuberculosis at 7 Maid’s Causeway aged 37 years old.


Arthur Dewe Mathews (26 March 1861 – 6 May 1919)

Arthur was the eldest son of Thomas and Bessie and was baptised on 12 June 1861. In 1881/1891 he was working as a pupil teacher/teacher and lodging with Charles and Mary Barker at 37b Russell Street. In 1886 he went up to Cambridge University as a non-collegiate student and was awarded a B.A. in 1893 and an M.A. in 1898. He worked as assistant master at St. Paul’s Boys’ School before being appointed Head Master of the Swanwick Boys’ School, Swanwick, near Alfreton. 

He married Emily Barker (daughter of Charles and Mary Barker, his former landlords)  on 7 August 1894 at St. Paul’s Church and they had two children: Gladys Agnes (1895-1973) and one further child who died as an infant.  The family lived at the School House in Swanwick and he was Headmaster of Swanwick School for over twenty five years. He died at home and the Ripley and Heanor News reported ‘he had been in failing health for some time, but only relinquished school duties in January last, when, by the doctor’s orders he gave up all work for a complete rest.  Although never an aspirant to public life he had done a great deal of useful public work out of the limelight. for the last six years he was secretary of the Erewash Valley Teachers’ Association, and during the war has acted as treasurer of the War Savings Association in connection with the schools and was also treasurer and chairman of the local War Pensions Committee. He was a valued member of the Swanwick Parish Church and a sidesman and chorister of many years standing.  For several years he had acted as corresponsent to the School Managers. A capable and conscientious teacher, a strict disciplinarian and a matyr to detail, nothing was too much trouble to encourage and develop the latent talent of a promising pupil, and the present generation  in the village owes a good deal to his capable and painstaking tuition. The funeral service takes place…at Cambridge, of which  place he was a native. A memorial service is to be held at Swanwick Church’.


Emily Amelia Mathews (née Barker) (24 February 1867 – 8 December 1948)

Emily was the daughter of Charles and Mary (née Bendall) Barker and was baptised on 31 March 1867 at St. Paul’s Church.  Her father was a gardener and she grew up at Russell Street.  Before her marriage to Arthur she worked as a dressmaker. After she was widowed she returned to Cambridge with daughter Gladys and lived with her sister Beatrice at Poplar Cottage, 4 Station Road. Emily died at Station Road aged 81 years old.


Gladys Agnes Mathews (9 June 1895 – 27 May 1973)

Gladys was the only daughter of Arthur and Emily Mathews. She was born in Derbyshire and later worked as a teacher. In 1939 she was living with her mother and aunt at Poplar Cottage, 4 Station Road. She died in Cambridge aged 77 years old.





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Arthur Dewe Mathews; Bessy Mathews; Emily Mathews; Gladys Agnes Mathews; Thomas Mathews