CFHS code : MC10
Parish : St Michael
Inscription : In Sweetest MO The Most Faithful Husband WALTER GEORGE ROBINSON d Nov 9th 1930 aged 57
Monument : Kerb stones/Urn
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202581, 0.13796755 – click here for location
Walter George Robinson (1873 – 1930)
Walter was the son of Walter and Elizabeth Robinson and he grew up on the Histon Road. His father worked a museum assistant and Walter was the eldest of six. He married Mary Ann Graves (1870-c.1948) in 1896, but the couple did not have any children. In 1901 they were living at 8 Burleigh Street and Walter was working as a messenger. In February 1904 he was appointed Town Crier by a majority vote. Details of the appointment in the Cambridge Independent Press noted that he was 6ft 1″ tall, was currently working as a messenger and had previously served in the Suffolk Regiment.
By 1911 Walter and Mary were still at Burleigh Street and Walter was described as ‘mayor’s servant and rent collector’. In 1918 he was not only Town Crier but also Sergeant-at-Mace for Cambridge. He also served as a Special Constable (at least 1915-1918). In September 1918 he was appointed as Keeper of the Guildhall and relinquished his other town responsibilities. The job salary was £175 per annum (C.£7,000 at 2018 values), with a further £20 per annum war bonus for as long as the war continued. The job involved living at The Guildhall, 24 Guildhall Place. Walter and Mary were still living there in 1930, but he died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
More about the history of the Cambridge Guildhall can be read here.
by Claire Martinsen
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