CFHS code : AS250

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Loving Memory of DAVID DANIEL PARR d Dec 6 1927 age 73 also MARY JANE PARR d Nov 13 1949 age 89

Monument : Kerb stones

Amended from the transcription by the Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203305, 0.13721202 – click here for location

Parr grave
Parr kerb stones

Monument

This set of kerb stones, in the parish area of All Saints is located in the northwest quadrant of the cemetery, equidistant between the central path and the western path.

Inscription

‛In loving memory of David Daniel Parr
died December 6th 1927 aged 73 years’

‛Also his wife Mary Jane Parr
died November 13th 1949 aged 89 years’

David Daniel Parr (c.1855–1927) – see also Life Story page

David Daniel Parr was born c.1855 in Chesterton, the sixth child of Thomas and Jemima Parr. He was apprenticed to Frederick Leach, a specialist in interior decoration. David became a highly skilled “artistic decorator”, working in ecclesiastical and civic buildings all over the country on projects by such great Victorian designers as William Morris and George Bodley.

Among examples of his work are the interior of All Saints’ Church, Jesus Lane, Cambridge. He also decorated the interior of his humble Cambridge terraced house in the same manner, and this survives, practically unchanged, to the present day.

[If you have any information about the family or any relatives who worked for the F R Leach & Son firm, please contact us at friendsofmillroadcemetery@gmail.com and/or davidparrhouse.org]

Mary Jane Parr (née Wood) (1860–1949)

Mary Jane Wood was born in 1860 in Tytherington, Cheshire. Her parents were Enos Wood (1827‒92) and Sarah Wood (née Bowers) (c.1833‒?). In her early life, she worked at home as a “cotton doubler”, i.e. someone in the textile industry who combined two or more strands of cotton to form a “yarn”.

Mary Jane married David Daniel Parr in 1883 in the district of Macclesfield (probably Rainow, Cheshire). The couple, who seem to have lived at first in Rainow, but settled later in Cambridge, had three children: Mary Emma (1885‒1963), David Douglas (1886‒1975), and Sarah Helen (1889‒1989).

She died on 13 November 1949, aged 89 and was buried in Mill Road Cemetery. (Since no burials were recorded in the parish register in 1949, her burial date is unknown.)

[If you have further information on Mary Jane Parr, please contact us at friendsofmillroadcemetery@gmail.com and/or davidparrhouse.org]

Sources :

English census reports 1861‒1911
Oral history recordings from members of the Parr family
Michael Hall, George Frederick Bodley and the Later Gothic Revival in Britain and America (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014)
Duncan Robinson and Stephen Wildman, eds, Morris & Company in Cambridge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980) [Fitzwilliam Museum catalogue]

by Tamsin Wimhurst, Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent

David Daniel Parr; Mary Jane Parr