CFHS code : PL462

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : WALTER PARISH d May 20 1907 aged 65

Monument : Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Walter Watson Parish (1843 – 20 May 1907)

Walter was born in Great Eversden and was the son of John and Elizabeth (née Watson) Parish. He grew up in Barrington, where his father ran a pub (1851) and then in Shepreth.  Aged 16 Walter was working as an agricultural labourer. He married Isabella Jones (1838-1925) on 8 April 1869 at St. Paul’s Church, Cambridge and they had at least two daughters: Rosabella Emmeline (known as Rosa) (1870-1947) and Edith Adeline (1872-1934). Walter worked as a gardener/seedsman and in 1871 the family were living at 59 Coronation Street, before moving to Rose Nursery, 25 Chesterton Road in 1874, where he was documented as a nurseryman employing 6 men in 1881.  He was still at 24 Chesterton Road in 1901 and was described as a florist/gardener on the 1901 census.  Newspaper adverts from 1874 advertised ‘Walter Parish, nursreyman, seedsman and gardener…..gardens laid out and planted and attneded to by the day or quarter. Roses, shrubs, trees, plants and seeds at reasonable prices, and every other article connected with the trade’.  Walter later moved to Vine Nursery, Mawson Road.  He often judged local flower shows – including the Red Cross Horticultural Show, held at the Corn Exchange in September 1906.

Walter died suddenly at Vine Nurseries aged 64 years old. Newspapers reported he ‘was at work in the fernery preparing a bouquet, when he had a seizure and died before medical aid could be obtained. Mr Parish was well known and much respected in the town and district….For forty years he had held a stall in the Cambridge market, and for twenty years he had been head gardener at Clare College. Mr Parish,was much upset by the death of his nephew in a collision with a motor car near Royston recently. Death was due to heart disease’.

His widow Isabella moved to Hitchin to live with their eldest daughter Rosa and her family. She died in Hitchin on 6 September 1925.



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Walter Parish