CFHS code : AS130

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : side 1 Sacred to the Memory of SARAH the beloved wife of GEORGE RANSOM d July 5 1859 age 63 also of HARRIET RANSOM d April 22 1894 age 75 Side 2 Sacred to the Memory of  George Ransom who died March 30 1857 aged 63 years. Also of Alfred son of George and Sarah Ransom who died November 11 1830 aged 5 years

Monument : Altar tomb

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey.

Lat Lon : 52.203359, 0.13667315 – click here for location

South face of Ransom tomb 2016
The north face is obscured by a large yew tree.  Photo 2016


This altar tomb, in the parish area of All Saints, is located on the west of the west path close to the bend.  When the CFHS survey was done in 2000, a large tree obscured the south face. This was cut down in the intervening years.  A large yew tree now obscures the north face. 


south face

‘Sacred to the Memory of George Ransom who died March 30 1857 aged 63 years

Also of Alfred son of George and Sarah Ransom who died November 11 1830 aged 5 years’

north face

‘Sacred to the Memory of Sarah the beloved wife of George Ransom who died July 5 1859 age 63

Also of Harriet Ransom who died April 22 1894 age 75 ‘

Alfred Ransom (1824 – 11 November 1830)

It is presumed that Alfred was buried in the church cemetery in St John’s Street, Cambridge, as this burial ground did not open until 1848.  The original All Saints Church was demolished in 1865 and the site is now All Saints Garden. A new church was built in Jesus Lane.

George Ransom (1794 – 30 March 1857)

George was born in Over, Cambridgeshire in 1794. He was the third of at least nine children born to Thomas, a labourer and his wife Sarah. He married Sarah Moore on July 15th 1816 at Saint Edwards church, Cambridge. They had at least nine children; Harriet (1819-1874), Robert (1820-1874), Henry Moore (1823-1889), Alfred (1825-1830), Francis Frederick (1827-1861), Alexander (1829-),  Alfred Stamford (1831-1858), Elizabeth Sarah (1832 -1879) and Edward George (1835-1897).

George was described as a breeches maker in the parish records when the first few children were born. Later he was described as a tailor (1841) and master robe maker (1851 census). His gentlemen’s tailoring business in Trinity Street continued into the 20th century, run by his son Henry and grandson. The earliest mention of the business was 1847 (Kellys directory).

At the time of his death George was living with his wife Sarah at 21-22 Trinity Street, Cambridge where George and his son Henry Moore Ransom were Tailors & Robemakers. The notice of his death in the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal read: ‘March 30, after a short but severe illness at his residence 22 Trinity-street, Mr George Ransom aged 63, deeply lamented by his widow and family and sincerely regretted by all who knew him’.

Spaldings Directory shows George Ransom and Son, Tailors and Robemakers continued under that name at that address until 1931-32. The following year 1933-34 Spaldings shows Adamsons Ltd were the occupiers of the shop.

Sarah Ransom (née Moore) (c.1796 – 5 July 1859)

Sarah was born in Cambridge and is believed to have been the daughter of James and Hannah Moore. She married when she was c.18 years old and died at Trinity Street in 1859 after a ‘short illness’.

Harriet Ransom (c.1819 – 22 April 1894)

Harriet was the eldest child of George and Sarah, and she did not marry. After her mother’s death she went to live with her brother Edward and sister in law Ann at 34 Bridge Street (1861/1871). Edward was a chemist, who ran a business from Bridge Street. In 1881 she was living at 3 Adam’s Yard, Jesus Lane with her niece Katie and nephew Edward (Edward and Ann’s children). She died aged 75 years at Wallis Passage.

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Alfred Ransom: George Ransom: Harriet Ransom; Sarah Ransom