CFHS code : MC8

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : In Loving Memory of HARRIET SANDS d Feb 7th 1928 aged [79] also EMMA SANDS d May 14th 1929 aged 73 also GEORGE SANDS d March 4th 1940 aged 84

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202563, 0.13795207 – click here for location

Sands grave
Sands headstone



Harriet Sands (née Cozens) (1848 – 7 February 1928)

Harriet was born in Taverham, Norfolk and baptised there on 20 October 1850. She was the daughter of agricultural labourer Stephen and his wife Martha.  She had two illigitimate sons Walter (1865-1924) and William (1870-1937) and worked as a laundress before marrying George Sands in Norwich in 1877.  In 1881 the couple were living in Norwich where he was working as a malt grinder and she as a tailoress.  They had one daughter Edith Elizabeth (1885-1959) who was born in Norwich and a further five children who died as  infants.

By 1891 the family had moved to 22 Stockwell Street and George had begun working for Great Eastern Railways (G.E.R) as a timber measurer.  Harriet’s son Walter also worked for GER as a platelayer, and lived with them for some time.  Harriet died aged 79 years old.

Emma Sands (d 1929)

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George Sands (13 December 1855 – 4 March 1940)

George was the son of Harriet and was born in Foulsham, near Reepham, Norfolk.  It is not known who his father was, as aged six he was living with his grandparents John and Esther Sands in Foulsham, and by the age of 16 he was living with his mother and step father in Norwich.

After he was widowed he continued to live at 22 Stockwell Street with housekeeper Susan Glasscock, but died at the Infirmary on Union Lane aged 84 years old.



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Emma Sands; George Sands; Harriet Sands