CFHS code : BE70

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : ALFRED SAYER d March 24th 1896 aged 67 also of ANN his wife d March 19th 1909 aged 82

Monument : Stone cross (base only)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument in December 2020.


This plinth with the cross fallen behind is located 5 rows east of the west path


ALFRED SAYER died March 24th 1896 aged 67 years

Also of ANN his wife d March 19th 1909 aged 82

Alfred Sayer (1828 – 24 March 1896)

Alfred was the son of William and Mary Sayer, and was born in Cambridge.  He was baptised on 8th June 1828.  In 1851 he was living on Bridge Street, with his widowed mother who was a college servant.  Alfred himself was a book binder by this time.  He married Ann Beck in 1853, and they moved to 8 Clarendon Street where he was a book binder, and later 5 Benet Street.  In 1881 he was employing 6 men, 2 boys and a 3 women in his book binding business.

He appears to have changed career and by 1883 was living at 40 Regent Street where he was a tobacconist. He died on 24th March 1896 aged 67 years.

Ann Sayer [nee Beck] (1827 – 19 March 1909)

Ann was the daughter of James and Frances Beck and was born in Madingley, where her father was an agricultural labourer.  She was working as a servant on Bridge Street, Cambridge when she was 14 years old [1841], but by 1851 was back living with her parents in Madingley.  She married Alfred Sayer in 1853 and they appear to have had no children.  She continued to live at 40 Regent Street after Alfred’s death.  She died herself  in 1909 aged 82 years old.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry

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Alfred Sayer; Ann Sayer