CFHS code : PL155

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Affectionate Memory of ANNE ROPER d February 13th 1895 aged 58

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The Roper headstone on the right. January 2020

Monument The headstone is located 2 rows north of the south path.


In Affectionate Memory of ANNE ROPER died February 13th 1895 aged 58 years

“As comes to me , or shade or sun
Father thy will not mine, be done.”

Anne Roper (née Campling) (6 November 1836 – 13 February 1895)

Anne was born in Norwich, and baptised at St Augustine Church on 20 November 1836.  Her parents were George and Rebecca Campling, and although George was a weaver when Anne was born, he later became a grocer (1851). She grew up in Norwich and married  William Roper (1837-1908) on 25 September 1860 at St. Julian’s Church in  the city.  William was a railway clerk when they married.  The couple had at least  eight children: William Thomas (1862-1907), Henry Edward (1865-1947), Frank Albert (1866-1927), Julia Florence (1869-), Alice Alexandra (1871-1950), Frederick Charles (1874-1912), Edith Mary Beatrice (1878-1962) and George Arthur (1879-1957).

The couple lived at 5 Waddington Terrace after their marriage (1861), and continued to live in Norwich until at least 1866. By 1871 they were living at 16 Union Terrace in Cambridge (later renamed to Mawson Road).  They lived briefly in Kings Lynn in the 1870’s as that is where their two youngest children were born, but by 1881 had returned to live in Cambridge at 3 Claremont on Hills Road.  By 1881 William was a district goods manager for the Great Eastern Railway.  Anne died at Claremont in February 1895 aged 58 years old.

After her death William Roper moved to live at 58 Mawson Road (1901), but later left Cambridge and retired to live at Heigham in Norfolk.  By the time he died in March 1908 he was living at 16 Clarendon Road in Heigham.   Four of William and Anne’s sons went on to work on the railway, as did some of his grandchildren.





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Anne Roper