CFHS code : BE97a

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : To the Memory of FRANCES SEWELL d March 22 1908 aged 57

Monument : Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Sewell cross January 2019


Located under trees and bushes 5 rows east of the west path. Behind the large columns of Rowton & Barker. The cross is intact and the carved inscription legible.


To the Memory of FRANCES SEWELL
Who fell asleep March 22 1908
Aged 57 years

Frances Elizabeth Sewell (Fanny) (c.1851 – 22 March 1908)

Fanny was born in Sneinton, a suburb of Nottingham and was the daughter of Thomas and Annie. Her father was a commercial clerk in the lace industry, and Fanny’s mother died when she was 14 years old.  Thomas married again in 1869 and in 1881 Fanny was living with her father and step mother in Chard, Somerset.  Thomas had moved to Chard to manage a lace mill, and Fanny was working as a teacher of music.

By 1901 was living at Ainsworth House, 2 Ainsworth Street with servant Annie Pratt.  On the census of that year she was described as a ‘mission woman’.  She died at home in March 1908.

Although her age is given as 57 years on her grave monument, the age on the registration of death was given as 54 years.



Parish burial record

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Frances Sewell