CFHS code : BO or ML1

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : LANCELOT POWER SEARLE b Jan 25 1886 d May 3 1887

Monument : Stone cross (possible top broken & lost)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202902, 0.13758785 – click here for location

Searle grave
Searle monument


This diminutive stone cross on double pedestal, the cross of which is broken and now lost, in the parish area of St Botolph (CFHS identified it as in the parish of St Mary the Less), is located north east the centre circle, beside the north-bound central path.


‘Lancelot Power Searle
born Jan 25 1886 died May 3 1887’

Lancelot Power Searle (1886‒87)

Lancelot’s father was Rev. Charles Edward Searle, D.D. (born Hackney, London 1828, died Cambridge 1902), Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, Vice-Chancellor of the University 1888/89. Charles Searle was from 1880 to 1902 Master of Pembroke College; he lived, with his wife Mary (b. Appleby, Leics, c.1851) and Walter Searle (d. 1890, perhaps his brother), and several servants, in the Master’s Lodge of the college. After Charles’s death in 1902, Mary lived in a Pembroke College house on Grange Road.

Lancelot was the couple’s first child, born Cambridge 25 January 1886. We might speculate that his middle name came from the preceding Master of Pembroke College, John Power ‒ perhaps his godfather. Lancelot died on 3 May 1887 aged 15 months, his burial taking place at St Botolph’s and Mill Road Cemetery three days later.

Charles and Mary went on to have five other children (Lancelot’s siblings): Charles Frederick (b. c.1883, who became a medical doctor, during the First World War captain in the RAMC, and practiced at 71 Bridge Street, and who with his wife Anne had at least three children: Lancelot Alban, Edward Alban and John Alban, born 1915, 1916 and 1920, and all baptised at St Botolph’s), Mary E. (b. c.1884), Dorothy (b. c.1888), William Frederick (b. c.1889), and Walter Reginald (b. 1891).

Census reports 1881-1911
St Botolph baptismal register
St Botolph burial register

By Ian Bent

Lancelot Power Searle