CFHS code : PL296

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : HELEN SMITH b June [1888] d 27 July 1892 ALFRED EARNSHAW SMITH b 16 Aug 1855 d 2 June 1914 also of GERTRUDE ALICE SMITH d 17 May 1930 aged 73

Monument : Celtic cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Cross and kerb stones 2014


This Celtic cross is located three rows east of the west path just after it passes the lodge. This area was cleared in 2014 but the monument is now hidden by bramble. We were not able to check the inscription but have used the grave register to correct the CFHS recording of 2000.


HELEN SMITH b June 1888 d 27 July 1892

ALFRED EARNSHAW SMITH b 16 Aug 1855 d 2 June 1914

Also of GERTRUDE ALICE SMITH d 17 May 1930 aged 73

Helen Earnshaw Smith (1888- 27 July 1892)

Helen was the only daughter of Alfred and Gertrude Smith and was 4 when she died at 26 Hills Road. Her funeral took place on 30 July.

Alfred Earnshaw Smith (16 August 1855 – 2 June 1914)

Alfred was baptised at St. Michael’s Church on 28 October 1855 and was the son of William Wright Smith (1822-1896) and Emily (née Earnshaw) (1831-1864). His father was a bookseller, senior partner in the firm of Deighton, Bell & Co and he grew up at 13 Trinity Street (1861). Alfred was educated at the Perse School and  St. John’s College, Hurstpierpoint.  Aged 24 he was living at home and assisting his father in the business. Arthur married Gertrude Vipan on 28 July 1887 in Leicester and they had four children: Helen Earnshaw, Rev. Harold Earnshaw (1891-1950), Eric Earnshaw (1893-1972) and Leslie Earnshaw (1897-). The family lived at 26 Hills Road (1891) and 24 Lyndewode Road (at least 1901 onwards).

He ran the publishing company of Messrs. Deighton, Bell and Co after his father’s death   and edited the Cambridge University Calendar for over 25 years.  Alfred died at 24 Lyndewode Road aged 58 and his funeral took place at St. Michael’s Church on 5 June. There were four carriages and ‘a service which was also attended by many members of the Unveristy….was fully choral’.

Gertrude Alice Smith (née Gotobed/Vipan) (24 December 1856 –  17 May 1930)

Gertrude was the second daughter of James Vipan Gotobed (1827-1903) and Susannah Cooper (née Gray) (1831-) and was born at Hills Road. She was baptised at St. Paul’s Church on 26 April 1857. James had many business interests and had a vineyard in  South Africa, where many of Gertrude’s  eight siblings were born, suggesting she spent at least part of her childhood overseas. In December 1867 James changed his name legally from James Vipan Gotobed to James Vipan Vipan, and all his children took on the surname of Vipan. In 1871 Gertrude was living at 14 Hills Road and then moved to Leicester where James ran an ironmongery business. Aged 24 she was living in Leciester and working as a school teacher (1881) before marrying Arthur Smith when she was 30 years old.  Gertrude died at 42 Lensfield Road and was buried on 20 May.

Gertrude’s uncle Henry Gotobed is also buried at Mill Road Cemetery



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Alfred Earnshaw Smith; Gertrude Alice Smith; Helen Smith