CFHS code : ED129
Parish : St Edward
Inscription : In Memory of GEORGE HENRY SENNITT d Aug 29 1893 age 52 also of SARAH his beloved wife d Aug 2 1921 age 79 also of GEORGE HENRY SENNITT d July 4 1919 age 53 also SUSAN his wife d Feb 9th 1933 age 71 also In Memory of EMMA MAY LOW SENNITT d Jan 25 1994 age 2 and EDWARD SENNITT d Jan 14 1966 age 65 open book In Loving Memory of ALFRED LANGFORD SENNITT d Nov 2 1961 age 87 and of his dear wife KATE EMILY d Dec 16 1968 age 79
Monument : Column/Kerb stones/Open Book
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.203208, 0.13657809 – click here for location
A handsome, imposing gravestone in red granite, with elegant oak-leaf panelling (sandblasted, not engraved), with Celtic cross atop and inscriptions on three of its four faces, with traces of gold in the lettering of the three main panels. With a granite surround, and an open-book memorial inscribed with raised lead lettering at ground level. It is located in the St Edward’s section of the cemetery, to the left of the west path beyond the path the the centre circle (going northwards).
[ front panel:]
‘In memory of George Henry Sennitt
died August 29th 1893 aged 52 years.’
“O Lord open thou mine eyes
and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.”
‘Also of Sarah the beloved wife of the above
died August 2nd 1921 in her 80th year’
“Safe home at last”’
[ left side panel:]
‘In memory of George Henry Sennitt
died July 4th 1919, aged 53 years.’
‘Also Susan his wife
died Feb 9th 1933, aged 71 years’
[right side panel:]
‘In memory of Emma May Low Sennitt
died January 25th 1894, aged 2 years’
‘Also Edward Sennitt
died February 24th 1966, aged 65 years’
[back panel blank]
[on open book at foot of grave:]
‘In loving memory of Alfred Langford Sennitt
who departed this life Nov 20th 1961 aged 87 years’
‘And of his dear wife Kate Emily
passed away Dec 16th 1968 in her 80th year’
The Sennitt family – see also Life Story page
were well-known Cambridge butchers, poulterers and fishmongers – many people will remember F. O. Sennitt’s shop in Peas Hill selling wet fish, pheasants, partridges, pigeons and rabbits in the 1950s and 1960s. The Sennitt memorial records the deaths of eight family members whose lives spanned 1841 to 1966.
George Henry Sennitt (1841-1893)
George was born on 14 May 1841 in Stretham, Cambridgeshire. He was one of at least eight children born to Jonathan Money Sennitt (abt 1819-1907) and Mary Ann Sennitt (abt 1822-1899). George’s father was a poulterer. By 1861 George was living and working at Red Lion Street, Stretham as an Assistant to John Bultitaft, a butcher. George married Sarah Langford (1841-1921) in 1866 in Stretham. They had three sons: George Henry (1866-1919); John Bultitaft (1869-1908); and Alfred Langford (1874-1961). By 1871 George was a farmer of 12 acres as well as being employed as a butcher. The family were able to afford a live-in domestic servant and a general servant. By 1881 George’s son, George junior, was assisting him in the business. By 1891 George’s youngest son, Alfred, was assisting him in the business and the family had moved to 7 Union Street, Cambridge. George died on 29 August 1893 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.
Sarah Sennitt (née Langford) (1841-1921)
Sarah was born on 28 December 1841 in Witchford, Cambridgeshire. She was one of at least seven children born to John Langford (abt 1799-1872) and Mary ? (abt 1805-1872). Her father was a farmer of 10 acres of land. By 1861 Sarah had moved to Back Street, Stretham and was working as a live-in general servant at Street for Jonathan Hazel, a farmer of 40 acres. Sarah married George Henry Sennitt (1841-1893) in 1866 in Stretham. After her husband’s death in 1893 Sarah continued her husband’s business together with their youngest son, Alfred, at 7 Union Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. By 1911 Sarah and Alfred had moved to 17 Peas Hill, Cambridge. Sarah died on 2 August 1921 in Cambridge.
George Henry Sennitt (1866-1919)
George was born on 9 January 1866 in Stretham, Cambridge. He was the eldest of three sons born to George Henry Sennitt (1841-1893) and Sarah Sennitt (née Langford) (1841-1921). By 1881 George was assisting his father in the family business as a butcher. George married Susan Riseley (1861-1933) in 1890 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. They had nine children: George Low (1890-1980); Emma May Low (1891-1894); Ellen Jane Low (1893-1956); Alfred William Low (1894-1896); Mary Elizabeth Low (1896-1978); Susie Low (1898-1898); Sarah Low (1900-1971); Edward Langford Low (1901-1966); and Arthur Low (1903-1962). In 1891 George had set up his own butcher’s business in Mill Road, Cambridge. By 1901 George was living and working from 178 Mill Road. George died on 4 July 1919 in Cambridge.
Susan Sennitt (née Riseley) (1861-1933)
Susan was born in 1861 in Elsworth, Cambridgeshire. She was one of at least five children born to William Riseley (1824-?) and Emma Riseley (née Haws) (abt 1831-?). Her father was an agricultural labourer. Susan married George Henry Sennitt (1866-1919) in 1890 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Susan died on 9 February 1933 in Cambridge.
Emma May Low Sennit (1891-1894)
Emma was born in 1891 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. She was the second of nine children born to George Henry Sennitt (1866-1919) and Susan Sennitt (née Riseley) (1861-1933). She died on 25 January 1894 at Mill Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.
Edward Langford Low Sennitt (1901-1966)
Edward was born in 1901 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. He was the eighth of nine children born to George Henry Sennitt (1866-1919) and Susan Sennitt (née Riseley) (1861-1933). By 1935 he was living at 191 Coleridge Road, Cambridge. He died on 14 February 1966 at Chesterton Hospital, Cambridge. His last known address was 137 Perne Road, Cambridge.
Alfred Langford Sennitt (1874-1961)
Alfred was born in 1874 in Stretham, Cambridgeshire. He was the youngest of three sons born to George Henry Sennitt (1841-1893) and Sarah Sennitt (née Langford) (1841-1921). By 1891 Alfred was assisting his father in the family business as a butcher. After his father’s death he continued to help with the family business with his mother at 7 Union Street, Cambridge. Alfred married Kate Emily Miller (née Harding) (1889-1968) in 1923 in Brighton, Sussex. Alfred died on 26 November 1961 in the Evelyn Nursing Home, Cambridge.
Kate Emily Sennitt (formerly Miller née Harding) (1889-1968)
Kate was born on 14 May 1889 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. She was one of ten children born to George Harding (1847-1931) and Elizabeth Lydia Harding (née Clark) (1848-1924). Her father was employed as a College Servant and as a painter. Her mother was employed as a Bedmaker for a College. Kate married Leonard Llantaff Miller (1888-1916) in 1914 in Cambridge. They had a son Reginald Leonard (1916-1991). Leonard was a Compositor. Leonard enlisted as Private 242930, Yorkshire Regiment before transferring to become Private 235312, 13th Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment. He died of wounds on 30 September 1918 in the Australian Hospital, Abbeville, France. He was buried in the Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension. Kate remarried Alfred Langford Sennitt (1874-1916) in 1923 in Brighton, Sussex. Kate died on 16 December 1968 in Braintree, Essex.
[If you have any further information about this family, please contact us at Friendsofmillroadcemetery@gmail.com]
Cambridge Chronicle and Journal, 2 February 1894
Cambridge Independent, 2 February 1894
Cambridge Evening News
Spalding Street Directories
England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 and 1916-2005
England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915 and 1916-2005
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915 and 1916-2005
England census records
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929
UK, Soldiers died in the Great War, 1914-1919
By Ian Bent and Emma Easterbrook, with thanks to Judy Lester