CFHS code : AG312

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of DANIEL REDFARN d 9 July 1876 in the 80th year of his age also of MARY ANN [wife] d 19 Mar 1889 aged 88

Monument : Celtic cross/Cruciform Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203092, 0.13655786 – click here for location

Redfarn grave
Redfarn headstone


The monument is in an area of dense undergrowth four rows from the west wall in the northern section of the parish.


In Loving Memory of DANIEL REDFARN died 9 July 1876 in the 80th year of his age

Also of MARY ANN [wife] died 19 March 1889 aged 88

Daniel Redfarn (c.1796 – 9 July 1876)

Daniel was born in Cambridge to Joseph & Rebecca Redfarn. He married Mary Bell at St Andrew’s the Great on 5 May 1825.   The couple had at least two children: Mary Ann (1826-1910) and William Beales (1840-1923). Daniel worked as a tailor and robemaker, and in 1835 was operating from New Square before moving to 1 Sidney Street (by at least 1842).  He ran a business called ‘Messrs. Redfarn and Banham’ and the location of the shop was said to be highly prestigious ‘commanding the approaches of four of the greatest thoroughfares in the town’. These being Sidney St, Petty Cury, Hobson St and St Andrew’s St. In 1861 he was employing 20 men & I boy. By 1871 Daniel had retired and was living at 9 Parkside with Mary and son William.  He died aged 79 years old and left an estate valued at £30,000 (c.£2.4m at 2018 values).

Mary Ann Redfarn (née Bell) (c.1801 – 19 March 1889)

Mary was either the daughter of William & Rebecca (St Andrew the Great) or   James & Alice (Mary The Great). Both were baptised in 1801.

Mary married Daniel Redfarn when she was c.24 years old. After being widowed she went to live with her daughter Mary and her family at The Oaks, Manor Park, London (1881).  She died at The Oakes aged 88 years old.

Daniel and Mary’s son William Beales Redfarn served three terms as Mayor of Cambridge (1883-1887) and was an artist and theatre owner. He later changed the spelling of his surname to Redfern, and Redfern Close in Cambridge is named after him.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Daniel Redfarn; Mary Ann Redfarn