CFHS code : ED136

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of WILLIAM SHARP d June 9 1857 aged 72

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203263, 0.13652219 – click here for location

William Sharp headstone


This limestone headstone, in the parish area of St Edward (Sexton row I, grave 4), is located to the left of the western path beyond the path to the centre circle (going northwards), against the west boundary wall.


Sacred to the memory of William Sharp
who died June 9 1857 aged 72 years
[three illegible lines]

William Sharp (1785‒ 9 June 1857)

William is believed to have been the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Sharp. He was baptised on 17 January 1785 and married Elizabeth Ann Noon (1785-) on 20 May 1812 at St. Botolph’s Church, Bishopsgate in London.  The couple had at least six children: Dudley Elizabeth (1813-1891), Elizabeth (1814-1830), Maria (1817-), Frederick William (1819-), George (1825-) and Annie (1829-1913). From at least 1841 onwards the family lived at 9 Free School Lane.  In 1841 he was recorded as a ‘CL’ (thought to be the abbreviation for a clerk) and in 1851 was noted as being ‘retired from business’. He died ‘suddenly’ at home aged 72 and his death was said to be ‘deeply lamented by his family’.

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William Sharp