CFHS code : PL489
Parish : St Paul
Inscription : In Loving Memory of ALFRED ARTHUR MUDD d Nov 23 1945 aged 84 also his beloved wife ANN MUDD d Dec 1 1951 aged 89
Monument : Kerb stones/Open Book
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
This open book with kerb stones, in the parish area of St Paul, is located three rows east of the western path. The lettering is still clear. The edging stones have been covered by grass.
‘In Loving Memory of Alfred Arthur Mudd died Nov 23 1945 aged 84’
“Jesus the first and the last”
‘Also his beloved wife Ann Mudd died Dec 1 1951 aged 89’
“Whose spirit did guide us safe home”
Alfred Arthur Mudd (7 February 1862 – 23 November 1945)
Alfred was the sixth child of Francis James and Georgiana Mudd. He grew up at Brandon Place and then 11 Botolph Lane (1881). Aged 19 he was working as an apprentice brazier and later worked as a coppersmith. He married Ann Marsh in 1884 and they had five children: Wilfred Arthur Alfred (1885-1952), Ernest Bertie Alfred (1886-1968), Albert Edward (1888-1957), Lily Anita (1896-1976) and another child who died as an infant. The family lived at 16 Cross Street (1891), 14 Union Terrace (1901) and then Parsonage Street (at least 1911 onwards).
Their son Albert Edward served in the 1st World War with the 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and one of his letters home was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press on 2 July 1915, under the title of ‘Temperance work in the army’. He had sent his parents a copy of the minutes of a session of the regimental lodge of the I.O.G.T. (International Organisation of Good Templars) which had been held whilst under fire on the Gallopoli Penninsula on 11 May 1915. Albert had formally opened the Lodge and ‘congratulated the members on their firm stand for total abstinence amongst so many temptations and said it was gratifying to note at lodge roll call that although the free issue of rum had been regularly supplied in the early hours of cold and damp mornings, no member had succumbed to such a strong temptation. After 15 days’ continuous fighting their members had on no occasion found it neccessary to resort to such a supposed stimulant for the requried strength and vitality to perform their arduous duties’.
In 1939 Alfred was recorded as being a retired coppersmith, and died at his home in Parsonage Street aged 83 years old,
Ann Mudd (née Marsh) (7 May 1862 – 1 December 1951)
Ann was the daughter of James and Mary Anne and was baptised on 1 June 1862 in Bottisham. She grew up in the village where her father was a coptolite digger. At the age of 18 she was living at the Bird Bolt Hotel, 30 St. Andrew Street and working as a nursemaid for the Winship family. She married Alfred Mudd when she was aged 22, and died in 1951.
The sexton’s grave book suggests that Alfred’s parents, Francis and Georgiana Mudd, and their eldest daughter Maria Ann Powell, are also buried in this grave or in a grave in the same row.
Francis James Mudd (1832 – 1915)
Francis was born in Hemingford Grey, near Huntingdon and was the son of Mary. In 1851 Francis was lving with his widowed mother at 24 Maids Causeway where she was running a pub, he meanwhile was working as a blacksmith. He married Georgiana Bown in 1853 and they had at least seven children: Maria Ann (1854-1930), Philip George (1855-1916), Francis James (1856-), Elizabeth Sarah (1857-1928), Alfred Arthur, Georgiana Bown (1866-1896) and another unknown child.
Francis worked as a shoeing smith and Georgiana as a college bedmaker and they lived at 14 Brandon Place (1861/1871), 11 Botolph Lane (1881/1891) and then 12 Mill Street (1901). Francis was widowed in 1902 and then lived with his daughter Elizabeth and two grandchildren at 23 Trinity Place, off King Street (1911). He died aged 83 years old.
Georgiana Mudd (née Bown) (1827-4 March 1902)
Georgiana was born in Wisbech and baptised there on 26 December 1827. She was the daughter of George and Ann and aged 13 was working as a domestic servant for Sophia Wallick (1841) before marrying Francis Mudd when she was 25 years old. Georgiana worked as a college bedmaker and died at Mill Street aged 74 years old.
Maria Ann Powell (néé Mudd) (1854 – 1930)
Mary worked as a book folder (1871-at least 1891) and lived at home with her parents until her marriage to widowed Benjamin Powell in 1892. They lived at 145 Catherine Street and Benjamin worked as a stonemason. She was widowed in 1907 and is then believed to have lived at Warkworth Terrace (1910-1915). She died aged 75 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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