CFHS code : PL460

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of my dear father GEORGE F NOBBS d Feb 3rd 1893 aged 37

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The lettering on this small headstone is still intact. Photo September 2016.
Nobbs headstone September 2016


This small headstone with its lettering still intact, in the parish area of St Paul, is located close to the THRUSH artwork towards the north of the parish.


‘In Loving Memory of my dear father George F Nobbs
died Feb 3rd 1893
aged 37 years’

“in God’s keeping”

George F. Nobbs (1855 – 1893)

George was born in Newport on the Isle of Wight.

In 1871 he was working as a porter

He married Antoinette Ann White in 1875 and they had least 5 children Gertrude Nellie (1877), George Frederick Perkins (1879), Arthur Charles (1881), Emily L (1883) and William H ( 1885)

Hattersley Brothers Shop
The Hattersley store in Trinity St.

After Gertrude’s birth they moved to Rugeley in Staffordshire where George was working as a grocer’s clerk and earning enough to employ a servant. He may have been working for the Hattersley Family, who owned a grocery store in Rugeley, as by 1891 he is working as a clerk at the Hattersley Brother’s  grocery store in Trinity St Cambridge.
The family were now living in Mawson Road  where Gertrude was working as a dressmaker. Again they were able to afford a domestic help in the form of a 17 year old Cambridge girl – Mary Ann Stocler.

It was in 1893 that tragedy befell the family when George took his own life during what seems to have been a depressive illness. The inquest was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press on February 10th where it transpired that George had ingested acid while sitting at his desk. The chemist at Campkin’s chemist shop in Market St confirmed that George had bought oxalic acid earlier that day.

In 1901 Antoinette was living in Devonport and described as a Christian worker at the Sailor’s Rest.* She remarried in 1904.

By Mary Naylor
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* Sailors Rest –  Christian organisation founded in 1876 by Dame Agnes Weston to deliver assistance and support to serving sailors, marines and their families.

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George F. Nobbs