CFHS code : BO16

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : In Loving Memory of EMMA PLUMB d March 31st 1904 aged 66 also of CHARLES PLUMB husband of the above d June 29th 1922 in his 78th year

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202908, 0.13776375 – click here for location

Plumb grave
Plumb headstone


This round-headed headstone, in the parish area of St Botolph, is located north east of the centre circle, east of the north-bound central path, five rows eastwards.


[east facing]

‘In loving memory of Emma Plumb
who died March 31st 1904 aged 66 years’

“Peace, perfect peace,
with sorrow surging round
On Jesus’ bosom
naught but balm is found”

‘Also of Charles Plumb husband of the above
who died June 29th 1922 / in his 78th year’

Emma Plumb (nee Mansfield) (1837 – 31 March 1904)

Emma was the daughter of John and Hannah Mansfield. She was born in Brighton, and baptised at St Nicholas Church in Brighton on 18th January 1837. By the age of 14 she was living in Balsham, where John Mansfield was working as an agricultural worker. She married Charles Plumb at Linton on 26th September 1866. They had at least four children: Charles William [1867-1942], Herbert [1869-1939], Alfred [1874-1941] and Ernest [1877-1909].

Charles worked as an upholsterer, and the family lived at 57 Eden Street [1871], 39 Pemberton Road [1881] and then at 22 Silver Street [at least 1891 onwards]. She died at home in March 1904.

Charles Plumb (1844 – 29 June 1922)

Charles was born in Balsham and was the son of George and Betsy Plumb. George Plumb was an agricultural worker. Aged 16 he was living in Cambridge and working as an apprentice upholsterer to Robert Welby. He married Emma Mansfield when he was 21 years old.

After being widowed he appears to have turned his home at 22 Silver Street into a Lodging House. In 1911 he was living there with Sarah Freshwater and Lilian Meads, who were assisting him in the running of the business. When he died in 1922 he was living at Home End in Fulbourn.

St Botolph: burial register
Newspaper archives

by Ian Bent and Claire Martinsen

Charles Plumb; Emma Plumb