CFHS code : ED17

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : In Loving Memory of [— —-SON] d [Aug 1906] AGE [21] also of [MAT—] KATE SHEARCROFT d ——- 1906 or 1905 age [85]

Monument : Stone cross (broken, base only)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203057, 0.13750745 – click here for location

Shearcroft monument 2017


This stone cross, now broken and fallen, in the St Edward parish area, is located in the second row to the west of the central path, 20 yards north of the centre circle.

The CFHS transcript indicates a first inscription before that of Matilda Kate; however, the grave book records only one burial in this plot, and the burial register lists only one person with the name of ‛Shearcroft’ (the only one, in fact, in the cemetery).


(based on the CFHS transcript)

In loving memory of [—- —- son]
died [Aug 1906] age [21]

Also of Mat[ilda] Kate Shearcroft
died – [March] 1906 age [62]

Matilda Kate Shearcroft (c.1844‒1906)
Matilda was born c.1844 in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Nothing is currently known of her childhood or early life.

Matilda married John Shearcroft (1831‒), printer and compositor, of Bocking, Essex, probably in the late 1860s.  The couple were living in Bradford Street, Bocking in 1871, and in Bank Street, Braintree in 1881.  They appear not to have had children.  John died at some point in the 1880s or 1890s.  By 1901 Matilda was living at 9 Bank Street with her sister-in-law, Emily Shearcroft.

Matilda died in late March 1906, aged 62, and her body was buried on the 29th of that month in Mill Road Cemetery, in row XXXII of the St Edward parish area, plot 3, at a depth of 8 feet.  Her address at the time of death was 14 King’s Parade, Cambridge.

(The St Edward burial register records a Catherine Thompson of 14 King’s Parade, who died on 25 July 1908 aged 96, whom Matilda may have been visiting or living with in 1906;  but the grave book has no record of Catherine’s burial, so we cannot infer that she was the other burial in this grave. ‒ Could Catherine be the mother of Matilda Kate?)

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England census returns 1871, 1881, 1901
Church of St Edward, Cambridge, burial register and grave book

By Ian Bent


Matilda Kate Shearcroft